According to the ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare’s estimates of output of key crops for the agricultural year 2021-22, overall food grains production in India is expected to hit an all-time high of 316.06 million tonnes.
It is estimated that grain output for the agricultural year 2021-22 (July-June) will be 1.71% higher than the 310.74 million tonnes achieved in 2020-21 and the objective set for this year.
It also reveals that wheat output is predicted to hit an all-time high of 111.32 million tonnes in 2021-22, up 1.58% from 109.59 million tonnes the previous year. Rice production (including kharif and rabi) is predicted to hit an all-time high of 127.93 million tonnes, up 2.86% from last year’s 124.37 million tonnes.
Groundnut, castorseed, sesamum, nigerseed, soya bean, sunflower, rapeseed and mustard, linseed, and safflower production is expected to reach 371.47 million tonnes in 2021-22, up 3.34% from 359.46 million tonnes in the previous year.
Because edible oil prices, particularly mustard oil prices, have skyrocketed to new highs in recent months, the growth in rapeseed and mustard production is substantial.
According to ministry data, the average retail price of groundnut oil was Rs 179.42 per kg on 16 February 2022, mustard oil was Rs 190.11 per kg, vanaspati was Rs 141.10 per kg, soya oil was Rs 147.39 per kg, sunflower oil was 160.83 per kg, and palm oil was Rs 131.06 per kg. When compared to a year ago, the average retail prices of these six edible oils have increased from 10.34% to 30.49%.
Pulse production is expected to rise 5.87% to 26.96 million tonnes in 2021-22, up from 25.46 million tonnes the previous year. Among pulses, gram production is expected to increase to 13.12 million tonnes this year, up from 11.91 million tonnes last year.
“Total production of sugarcane in the country during 2021-22 is estimated at 414.04 million tonnes which is higher by 40.59 million tonnes than the average sugarcane production of 373.46 million tonnes,” union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said via a statement.