The 2nd Advance Estimates of production of oilseeds for 2016-17 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 15th February, 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 major Oilseeds during 2016-17 is as under:
Oilseeds – 33.60 million tonnes (record) in 2016/17 vs 25.3 million tonnes in 2015/16
• Soyabean – 14.13 million tonnes vs 8.6 million tonnes in 2015/16
• Groundnut – 8.47 million tonnes vs 6.33 million tonnes in 2015/16
• Castorseed – 1.74 million tonnes vs 1.75 million tonnes in 2015/16
With an increase of 8.35 million tonnes over the previous year, total Oilseeds production in the country is estimated at record level of 33.60 million tonnes. It is higher by 0.85 million tonnes than the previous record production of 32.75 million tonnes achieved during 2013-14.
The production of Oilseeds during 2016-17 is also higher by 4.34 million tonnes than the five year’s average Oilseeds production. The current year’s production is significantly higher than the production of 25.25 million tonnes during 2015-16.