India may see another bumper harvest better than last year's -Madhvi Sally

-The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The government is optimistic of another bumper harvest with output to be similar to last year’s or better, as crop planting and the monsoon season are at the tail end. It also doesn’t expect floods to have any major impact on production.

However, some analysts raised concerns over the distribution of rains that they said were erratic, and in deficit in several states. But trade doesn’t expect any impact on food prices as they claimed there would be ample supplies to meet domestic needs.

Major crops have been planted on 104.16 million hectares so far this kharif season against an estimated 103.95 million hectares last year. The area under coarse cereal, cotton and pulses has fallen, while acreage of oilseeds, rice and sugarcane increased, according to agriculture ministry data.

Indian Council of Agriculture Research director-general Trilochan Mohapatra said kharif production would at least be similar to last year’s levels. “It can even be better as current weather conditions and planting data are favourable. Planting continues across north-eastern states, largely of rice,” he said.

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The Economic Times, 12 September, 2018,

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