India Raises Record Grain Outlook

May 9, 2017 09:42 AM

India increased its already record forecast for grain production, while lowering its forecasts for sugar and oilseeds.

Grain production may total 273.38 million metric tons in 2016-17, up from a previous forecast for 272 million tons, the Farm Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Wheat output is forecast at a record 97.44 million tons, from 96.6 million tons predicted in February, it said.

India’s agriculture production depends on the monsoon, which affects both summer and winter crop sowing and waters more than half of all farmland. India is set for a normal monsoon for a second year, with rainfall of 96 percent of the long-term average, according to government forecasters.

An Indian cotton bale weighs 170 kilograms (375 pounds) each.

Production forecasts include:

  May Estimate February Estimate
Rice 109.15 million tons 108.9 million tons
Wheat 97.44 million tons 96.6 million tons
Pulses 22.4 million tons 22.1 million tons
Sugar cane 306.03 million tons 309.9 million tons
Oilseeds 32.52 million tons 33.6 million tons
Cotton 32.58 million bales 32.5 million bales


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