New Delhi: India’s rice production in the kharif season this year is likely to decline 6 per cent to 104.99 million tonnes due to fall in paddy acreage amid deficient rainfall in major producing states including Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
The Agriculture Ministry has released the first advance estimates for the Kharif season of the 2022-23 crop year (July-June).
The production of rice in the Kharif season of the crop year 2021-22 stood at 111.76 million tonnes.
The foodgrain production for 2022-23 in Kharif season is estimated to decline to 149.92 million tonnes as against 156.04 million tonnes in the previous season.
Sowing of paddy, the main kharif crop, declined by about 19 lakh hectares to 399.03 lakh hectares on September 16 as against 417.93 lakh hectares in the year-ago period.
Sowing in Kharif season begins with the onset of south-west monsoon from June and harvesting from October.
There has been a decline of 9.37 lakh hectares in paddy area mainly in Jharkhand, followed by Madhya Pradesh (6.32 lakh hectares), West Bengal (3.65 lakh hectares), Uttar Pradesh (2.48 lakh hectares) and Bihar (1.97 lakh hectares). is the location.
About 85 percent of India’s total production comes from this season. PTI
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