India’s foodgrain output in 2019-20 is estimated to touch record 295.67 MT (million tonnes), as per the 3rd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2019-20 released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.
- Rice: 117.94 MT (Record)
- Wheat: 107.18 MT (Record)
- Nutri/Coarse Cereals: 47.54 MT (Record)
- Maize: 28.98 MT (Record)
- Pulses: 23.01 MT
- Tur: 3.75 MT
- Gram: 10.90 MT
The cumulative rainfall from June to September 2019 has been around 10% higher than LPA (Long Period Average). As a result, the production estimates of major crops are higher than their normal production. Notably, the estimated figures are subject to revision.
This development comes at a time when the central government on May 14 announced to provide free foodgrains to approximately 8 crore migrant workers for the next two months. This step was unveiled by Union Finance Minister in the second tranche of the special economic package announced by PM Modi as part of Self-Reliant India Mission.