The 4th Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2016-17 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 16th August, 2017. The assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources. The estimated production of various crops as per the 4th Advance Estimates for 2016-17 vis-à-vis the comparative estimates for the years 2003-04 onwards. As per 4th Advance Estimates, the estimated production of major crops during 2016-17 is as under:
Foodgrains – 275.68 million tonnes (record)
Oilseeds – 32.10 million tonnes
Cotton – 33.09 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Sugarcane – 306.72 million tonnes
As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the Government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the current year. As per Fourth Advance Estimates for 2016-17, total Foodgrain production in the country is estimated at 275.68 million tonnes which is higher by 10.64 million tonnes (4.01%) than the previous record production of Foodgrain of 265.04 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14. The current year’s production is also higher by 18.67 million tonnes (7.27%) than the previous five years’ (2011-12 to 2015-16) average production of Foodgrains. The current year’s production is significantly higher by 24.12 million tonnes (9.59%) than the last year’s foodgrain production.