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India Reports Record Harvests

DELHI - May 19/22 - SNS --- In its third estimate of output across the 2021-22 kharif and rabi season production cycle, India's Agriculture Department said the country had record yields for rice, maize, oilseeds, chickpeas and other pulses, rapeseed/mustard, and sugarcane.

It pegged total food grain output at a record 314.51 million metric tons (MT) for a 3.77 million MT increase over last year and 23.80 million over the previous five year average. The estimates are based on data received from states and "validated with information available from other sources".

Total pulse output was pegged at 27.75 million MT, up 9% over 2020-21 and 16.5% above the previous five year average. The biggest increase was recorded for chickpeas or gram, with output jumping from 11.91 million MT last year to an estimated 13.98 million this year.

Th only pulses showing a year over year declines were lentils and mung beans. Lentil output slipped from 1.49 to 1.44 million MT; while mung bean output slid from 3.09 to 2.85 million MT. . Tur or pigeon pea output was up slightly, advancing from 4.32 to 4.35 million MT: while production of minor pulses slipped from 2.42 to 2.37 million MT.

Discussing other crops, India's Agriculture Department said rice during 2021-22 is estimated at record 129.66 million MT. It is higher by 13.23 million MT than the last five years’ average production of 116.43 million MT.

Wheat during was pegged at 106.41 million MT and output of nutri/coarse cereals is estimated at 50.70 million MT

Total oilseeds production in the country during 2021-22 is estimated at record 38.50 million MT.

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