Amid the scare of Covid-19 pandemic, the government has set the production target for food grain for the crop year 2021-22 at a record 307.31 million tonnes. This includes production of 151.43 million tonnes of food grains during kharif (summer) season and 155.88 million tonnes during rabi (winter) season.
The targeted production is over 1.3% more than the last year’s estimated food grain production of 303.34 million tonnes.
As per the target set up at the kharif conference on Friday, the production of rice has been set up at 121.1 million tonnes while the output of wheat has been estimated at 110 million tonnes. The production of coarse grains like maize, millers and bajra has been set up at 51.21 million tonnes while output of pulses has been estimated at 25 million tonnes.
“Our main focus is on augmenting production of oilseeds as India has to spend Rs 70,000 crore every year to meet the demand of edible oil. The production of of oilseeds has been set up at 37.5 million tonnes,” said an agriculture ministry official.