Economic Survey: Foodgrains production to exceed by 8.15 million tonnes
The Economic Survey 2014-15 states that as per the 2nd Advance Estimates, total foodgrains production in the country is estimated at 257.07 million tonnes during 2014-15. This is the fourth highest quantity of annual foodgrains production in the country. Despite deficiency of 12 percent in the monsoon rainfall during the year, the loss in production has been restricted to just around 3 percent over the previous year and has exceeded the average production during the last five years by 8.15 million tonnes.
As compared to last year’s production of 265.57 million tonnes, current year’s production of foodgrains is lower by 8.5 million tonnes. This decline has occurred on account of lower production of rice, coarse cereals and pulses due to erratic rainfall conditions during the monsoon season of 2014.
According to the new series of national income released by the CSO, at 2011-12 prices, the share of agriculture and allied sectors in total GDP is 18 percent in 2013-14 which is the same as that of 2012-13 i.e., 18 percent. As against a growth target of 4 percent for agriculture and allied sectors in the Twelfth Plan, the growth registered in the first year in 2012-13 (at 2011-12 prices) was 1.2 percent, 3.7 percent in 2013-14 and 1.1 percent in 2014-15.
As per the fourth Advance Estimates for 2013-14, the production of rice is expected to be 106.5 million tonnes, showing an increase of 1.3 percent over the previous year. The production of wheat is likely to be 95.9 million tonnes with an increase of 2.6 percent over the previous year. Similarly, pulses with a production of 19.3 million tonnes show an increase of 5.3 percent. The oilseeds production of 32.9 million tonnes shows an increase of 6.4 percent. Within oilseeds, the groundnut production of 9.7 million tonnes show a commendable increase of 105.8 percent over the previous year.
As per the fourth Advance Estimates for 2013-14, the overall productivity of foodgrains has gone down by 1.3 percent over the previous year. Rice productivity has shown a decline of 1.5 percent and wheat of 1.3 percent in the same year. The yield of groundnut increased by a remarkable 75.9 percent, that of tur increased by 9.2 percent and cotton by 9.4 percent in 2013-14 over the previous year.
Among the states, for the year 2013-14, Punjab has shown the highest productivity of rice (3952 kg/ha), wheat (5017 kg/ha) and cotton. Gujarat has shown the maximum productivity of groundnut (2668 kg/ha) and West Bengal of sugarcane (114273 kg/ha).
The Economic Survey 2014-15 states that to improve resilience of the agricultural sector and bolster food security--including availability and affordable access, the strategy for agriculture has to focus on improving yield and productivity.
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