Major crop production expected to fall by 2.3% in FY 13
Mumbai: The major crop output is expected to decline by 2.3 percent in 2012-13, following poor kharif sowing due to weak progress of the south-west monsoon, economic think tank CMIE has said.
"Major crop production is projected to fall by 2.3 percent in 2012-13. We have revised the magnitude of fall from 0.5 percent to a steeper 2.3 percent. A change in base, along with poor kharif sowings have prompted the downward revision," Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy said in monthly report.
Kharif sowings have dipped by 9.2 percent to 735 lakh hectares by August 3, it said.
The poor progress of the south-west monsoon has taken a toll on sowings of all major crops, barring sugarcane.
Coarse grains and pulses have been the worst affected, with the acreage decreasing by 6 percent.
"We project the coarse grain production to decline for the second consecutive year in 2012-13. A fall in acreage will limit the output to 38.5 million tonne," the report said.
Bajra production is likely to decline by over 20 percent to 8 million tons as the acreage has fallen by 27 percent to 46 lakh hectares, following reduced sowings in Rajasthan.
Pulses output is also expected to decline by 1.3 percent due to 16.8 percent decrease in acreage at 72.8 lakh hectares.
However, the production of arhar and gram is projected to rise due to wider scale of cultivation, CMIE said.
Cultivation of rice has also been affected by 8.7 percent due to weak monsoon to 236 lakh hectares by August 3, hence, this is likely to lower the output by 1.9 percent to 102.3 million tonnes, according to the report.
Wheat production is estimated to remain stable at levels similar to last year.
Overall foodgrain production is expected to fall by 2 percent due to lower out of both cereals and pulses, it added.