Foodgrain production may decline 10-15%

Foodgrain production may decline 10-15%

Mumbai/New Delhi: Foodgrain production in the country would go down by 10-15% in the current fiscal due to deficient rainfall, an agriculture ministry official said on Tuesday.

The farm sector has suffered a setback in the beginning of the ‘kharif’ season due to deficient rainfall and a large area was left unsown, said additional secretary in department of agriculture and cooperation N.K. Das.

Separately, the US foreign agricultural service has said rice output in India will decline 7% more than forecast next year.

Production will be 82 million tonnes (mt) in the year starting 1 October, compared with 88 mt forecast early last month, the US department of agriculture’s foreign agricultural service said in a report.