Focus on improving millet or nutri-cereals harvest this fiscal

Banking on a good monsoon, the Centre has set an ambitious foodgrain production target at 283.7 million tonnes for 2018-19, with a focus on improving the harvest of millets or nutri-cereals.

Agriculture Commissioner S K Malhotra said the Centre has set a target of 141.2 million tonnes in the Kharif and 142.5 million tonnes in the Rabi season.

The Centre has also set a target of 36 million tonnes of oil seeds as against 29.88 million tonnes in 2017-18 crop year.

The ministry unveiled the food grain production targets at the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign, which was attended by Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh and farm sector officials from state governments.

“The IMD has forecast normal monsoon this year, which indicates the likelihood of good crop production in the coming kharif season,” Singh said in his inaugural address.

Making a crop-wise assessment of the status of the farm sector, Malhotra flagged the shortage of soybean seeds for the kharif season and urged farmers to adopt sowing strategies to make optimum use of the available seeds.

Rice & wheat

Rice production target has been fixed at 113 million tonnes in 2018-19 from estimated 111.01 million tonnes output in the current crop year.

Target for wheat output has been kept at 100 million tonnes, up from 97.11 million tonnes estimated for the 2017-18 crop year.

Production target for coarse cereals has been set at 46.7 million tonnes in 2018-19 from estimated 45.42 million tonnes in the current crop year.

Malhotra said the target for pulses production is 24 million tonnes, marginally up from 23.95 million tonnes in 2017-18.

Cotton output target has been fixed at 35.5 million bales compared with 33.92 million bales (of 170 kg each) this crop year.

Sugarcane production target is 355 million tonnes during 2018-19, same as the estimate for the current crop year.

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