Kharif output seen rising 10% to 114 mn tn: CMIE

Kharif output seen rising 10% to 114 mn tn: CMIE

Mumbai: The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) says farm output will grow by 10% to 114 million tonnes in the 2010 Kharif season while the Rabi season is expected to report a 2% spike at 116.6 million tonnes.

The growth in the sector had registered a 12% decline in the year ago Kharif season while the Rabi season saw a 1.7% drop.

“Due to the significantly good monsoon (102%), area sown rose by 7% during the current Kharif season, despite below normal monsoon in eastern UP, Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, MP, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya," says the CMIE report, on macro economy, that was released here on Tuesday.

Oilseeds production is expected to rise by 11.1% during the season, sugarcane to notch up by 15.6% to 321 million tonnes and cotton to grow by 12.4% to 26.9 million bales compared to 23,9 million bales in the last season.

The agency pegs the overall foodgrain output growth up by 5.3% to 229.7 million tonnes, which is lower than 234.5 million tonnes produced in 2008-09.

Rice production is projected to grow by 4.3% to 93 million tonnes for the full year, while wheat is slated to grow by 1.1% during the reporting season. For the Kharif season, it pegs rice output at 79 million tonnes, while Rabi will see a 5.9% spike to 14 million tonnes.

Areas under pulses grew 19% in the Kharif season to 124.6 lakh hectares, and the total production is expected to touch 16.1 million tonnes or a 10.9% jump in the whole year, says the CMIE report.

Coarse cereals is likely to grow by a high 15.5% to 39.5 million tonnes, pulses to grow by 9.9% to 16 million tonnes during the Kharif season this year, says the agency.

Against this, the agency pegs the Rabi crop output at a higher 2% this year up from a negative 1.7% witnessed last season.

The Rabi break-up of the major crops follows: the major Rabi crop of wheat is projected to grow by 1.1% to 81.5 million tonnes against 80.7 million tonnes last season.

Major agricultural crops are projected to grow by 7.2% in 2010-11. Last year they saw a 6.6% decline, says the report.

Major crops include foodgrain, oilseeds,cotton, sugarcane, and fruits and vegetables.

Production of non-food crops as a whole is projected to grow by 9.7% in the year, while that of minor crops by 4% during the whole year, concludes the agency.