New Delhi: The dip in foodgrain production during 2014-15 is less than what was estimated earlier, due to higher production of rice, show revised estimates from the ministry of agriculture.

India produced 252.68 million tonnes (mt) of foodgrains last year, according to the fourth advance estimate released on Monday. This implies a 4.7% dip from the record production of 265 mt in 2013-14.

The third advance estimate for 2014-15 that was released by the ministry in May put the number at 251.12 mt, or a 5.3% dip compared to the previous year.

The upward revision in foodgrain production means improved resilience of the rain-fed Kharif crop to deficit showers. This also means that the current monsoon (that so far recorded a 10% deficit of the long period average) may have a lesser impact on foodgrain production during 2015-16.

During 2014-15 production of rain-fed Kharif crops took a hit due to delayed onset and deficit monsoon in 2014. Further, farmers also reeled under heavy crop losses due to unseasonal showers ahead of the winter harvest in March and April this year.

The latest estimates puts rice production at 104.8 mt compared to 106.7 mt in 2013-14. In May, rice output was estimated at 102.5 mt.

However, the damage to the wheat crop due to unseasonal rains is more than earlier estimates. Production of wheat in 2014-15 is estimated at 88.9 mt- a 7.2% drop compared to 95.9 mt in 2013-14. Wheat output was estimated at 90.8 mt in May.

Adverse weather conditions led to an over 10% dip in pulses output, while production of coarse cereals dipped by 3.5% in 2014-15, shows the fourth advance estimates.

The latest estimates also show a higher production of sugarcane at 359 mt, up by 7.2 mt, and marginally lower production of cotton at 35.5 million bales (one bale equals 170 kg).