India estimates 2015-16 foodgrains production marginally higher despite challenges

India’s overall foodgrains production in 2015-16 is expected to be higher than in the previous year despite poor monsoon rains and shortage of water in reservoirs and a warmer-than-expected winter, the government said.

It said in a statement that the second advance estimate of major crops showed foodgrains production to come in at 253.16 million tonnes against 252.02 million tonnes, an increase of 1.14 million tonnes.

Total production of rice during 2015-16 is estimated at 103.61 million tonnes, which is lower by 1.87 million tonnes than its production of 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15.  Wheat production is estimated at 93.82 million tonnes, higher by 7.29 million tonnes than the production of 86.53 million tonnes in the previous year. Wheat production in 2015-16 is also higher by 2.29 million tonnes than its 5 years’ average production, the statement said.

It estimated coarse cereals at 38.40 million tonnes, which is lower by 4.47 million tonnes as compared to the42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Total pulses production of 17.33 million tonnes during 2015-16 is marginally higher than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes.  With a decline of 1.17 million tonnes over the previous year’s production’s total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 26.34 million tonnes.

Sugarcane production is estimated at 346.39 million tones, lower by 15.95 million tonnes from 2014-15. Production of Cotton estimated at 30.69 million bales (of 170 kg each), lower by 4.11 million bales than the 34.81 million bales produced during 2014-15.

The estimated production of major crops during 2015-16 is as follows:


  • Rice  – 103.61 million tonnes
  • Wheat – 93.82 million tonnes
  • Coarse Cereals  – 38.40 million tonnes
  • Maize  – 21.00 million tonnes
  • Pulses  – 17.33 million tonnes
  • Tur  – 2.55 million tonnes
  • Gram  –  8.09 million tonnes


  • Soyabean  – 9.13 million tonnes
  • Groundnut  – 7.18 million tonnes
  • Rapeseed & Mustard – 6.84 million tonnes

Cotton  – 30.69 million bales (of 170 kg each)

Sugarcane – 346.39 million tonnes


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