India’s horticulture production in 2018-19 to be 314 million tonnes: Department of Agriculture

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A vegetable seller in Mumbai, India's commercial capital. Photo/IAC

Production of horticulture crops in India was officially estimated to have inched up higher in 2018-19 crop year ended June 30 on productivity gains, with output of fruit, vegetables, spices, flowers, and honey going up, while that of plantation, aromatic, and medicinal crops declining, reports Business Standard.

India’s horticulture production is estimated to be 313.85 million tonnes in 2018-19, which is 0.69 per cent higher than the production of 311.71 million tonnes in 2017-18, according to the third Advanced Estimate (2018-19) of Area and Production of various Horticulture Crop released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.

As per the report, the area under horticulture crops has increased to 25.49 million hectares in 2018-19 from 25.43 million hectares in 2017-18. “As area under horticulture crops has remained broadly at the same level, the higher production owes mainly to productivity gains,” the ministry said in a statement.

Overall increase is observed in production of fruits, vegetables, spices, flowers and honey whereas decrease is observed in production of plantation and aromatics & medicinal crops as compared to last year. Vegetable production stood at 184.39 mt in 2017-18.

While fruits production is estimated to be around 98.57 million tonnes, compared to 97.36 million tonnes last year, vegetable production is estimated to be around 185.88 million tonnes, which is 0.81 per cent higher than the production last year.

Onion production is estimated to be around 23.48 million tonnes, which is 0.95 per cent higher than the production last year, while potato production is estimated to cross 53 million tonnes, which is 3.4 per cent higher than the production last year.

Spices production is pegged at 9.22 million tonnes, against 8.6 million tonnes in the said period. Tomato production, on the other hand, is projected to be around 19.39 million tonnes, which is 1.8 per cent lower than the production last year. Total production of spices would be around 9.22 million tonnes, which is higher than the production last 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 can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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