India's foodgrain production may decline by 9 million tonnes to 129.5 million tonnes (MT) in the current kharif season as a result of floods and deficient rains in some parts of the country, said a report by industry body, Assocham.
"The flood fury in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh alongside shortfall in rains in southern states would significantly dent the kharif output," the report said. The association estimated the production to drop to 129.5 MT in the current year as compared to 138.5 MT in the same season of 2016-17.
The report expected a decline in the production of rice, pulses and coarse grains as well. In the non-foodgrain category, oilseeds output may fall by 15% at 19 MT against 22 MT. The sowing and transplanting of rice as on September 8 was at 371.46 hectares as compared to the normal sowing of 396 lakh hectares at the same time of the year.
Floods and drought have in many rice-growing states are expected to cause a decline in output to 91 million tonnes in the current year from 96.39 million tonnes in the previous kharif season. Thus running down on the big hopes on the agricultural production in the current year.