India clocks record horticulture production of 300.6 million tonnes in 2016/17; output seen rising by 5 percent this fiscal

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India’s horticulture production hit a record 300.6 million tonnes in 2016/17 and are seen rising by 5 percent in the current 2017/18 fiscal, according to the first advance estimated released by the agriculture ministry.

The following table summarises the All-India Final Estimates: 2016-17 and 2017-18 (1st Advance Estimates):

Total Horticulture 2015-16 2016-17

(Final)

2017-18

(First Adv. Est.)

% change of 2016-17(Final) w.r.t. 2015-16 % change of 2017-18(First Advance Est) w.r.t. 2016-17 (Final)
Area

 (Million Ha)

24.5 24.85 24.92 1.55 0.26
Production
(MillionTonnes)
286.2 300.6 305.4 5.05 1.59
Productivity
(Tonnes/Ha)
11.7 12.1 12.3 3.45 1.32

 

Highlights for 2016-17 (Final Estimates):-

  • There has been a record production of horticulture crops with production during the year 2016-17(F) reaching 300.6 million tonnes which is 5% higher than in the previous year.
  • Productivity for horticulture sector as a whole, has increased by about 3.45% in 2016-17 (Final Estimates) as compared to 2015-16.
  • In fruits, productivity has increased from 14.3 Tonnes/Ha in 2015-16 to 14.6 tonnes/ha in 2016-17 (Final). In vegetables it has increased from 16.7 tonnes/ha in 2015-16 to 17.4 tonnes/ha.
  • Production of fruits is estimated to be 93 million tonnes which is 3% higher than previous year.
  • There has been a record production of 178 million tonnes of  vegetables which is about 5% higher than the previous year.
  • With an increase of 7%, the production of onion during the year 2016-17 is estimated at 224 lakh tonnes as against 209 lakh tonnes in 2015-16.
  • Production of potato in the year  2016-17 (Final) is estimated at 486 lakh tonnes as against 434 lakh tonnes in 2015-16 which is 12% higher.
  • With an increase of 10.5%, the production of tomato in year 2016-17(Final) is estimated at 207 lakh tonnes as against 187 lakh Tonnes in 2015-16.

Highlights of 2017-18 (First Advance Estimates)

  • The total horticulture production of the country is estimated to be an impressive level of 305.4 million tonnes during 2017-18 (First Adv. Estimate) which is 1.6% higher than the previous year and 8% higher than the past 5 years’ average production..
  • Productivity for horticulture sector as a whole,  has marginally increased by about 1.3% in 2017-18 (First Adv. Estimates) as compared to 2016-17.
  • Production of fruits is estimated to be about 95 million tonnes which is 2% higher than previous year.
  • Production of vegetables is estimated to be about 181 million tonnes which is about 1% higher than the previous year.
  • Onion production in the in the current year is likely to be around 214 lakh tonnes as against 224 lakh Tonnes in 2016-17 (Final Est.), which is about 4.5% lower than the previous year.
  • Potato production is estimated at 493 lakh Tonnes as against 486 lakh tonnes in 2016-17(Final) which is about 1% higher than the previous year.
  • Tomato production in the current year is likely to be around 223 lakh Tonnes as against 207 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 (Final Est.) which is about 7.7% higher than the previous year.
Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He also advises companies on thought leadership imperatives.

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