Total Foodgrains production is estimated at record 275.68 million tonnes

Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 16th August, 2017 announced its assessment of record production of foodgrain in the country. According to fourth advance estimates for 2016-17 by department of agriculture the assessment of production of different crops based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources is estimated at record 275 million tonnes.
As per Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2016-17 is as under:

Ø Foodgrains – 275.68 million tonnes (record)
Rice – 110.15 million tonnes (record)
Wheat – 98.38 million tonnes (record)
Coarse Cereals – 44.19 million tonnes (record)
Maize – 26.26 million tonnes (record)
Pulses – 22.95 million tonnes (record)
Gram – 9.33 million tonnes
Tur – 4.78 million tonnes (record)
Urad – 2.80 million tonnes (record)
Ø Oilseeds – 32.10 million tonnes
Soyabean – 13.79 million tonnes
Groundnut – 7.56 million tonnes
Rapeseed & Mustard – 7.98 million tonnes
Castorseed – 1.42 million tonnes
Ø Cotton – 33.09 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Ø Sugarcane – 306.72 million tonnes

As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the Government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the current year. As per Fourth Advance Estimates for 2016-17, total Foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 275.68 million tonnes which is higher by 10.64 million tonnes (4.01%) than the previous record production of Foodgrain of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. The current year’s production is also higher by 18.67 million tonnes (7.27%) than the previous five years’ (2011-12 to 2015-16) average production of Foodgrains. The current year’s production is significantly higher by 24.12 million tonnes (9.59%) than the last year’s foodgrain production.