According to the Indian government’s estimates, the country’s rice production is set to see a decline in the kharif season this year, mainly attributed to a drop in paddy acreage.
There is likely to be a six percent decline – approximately 104 million tonnes – in output this season in light of poor rains in key rice-producing states.
The Agriculture Ministry’s first advance estimate sees kharif crop for the 2022-23 year dropping from the 111 million tonne figure from a year ago.
Paddy coverage in key states has dropped, as evidenced by the following numbers:
- Jharkhand (9.37 million hectares)
- Madhya Pradesh (6.32 million hectares)
- West Bengal (3.65 million hectares)
- Uttar Pradesh (2.48 million hectares)
- Bihar (1.97 million hectares)
The kharif season contributes to 85% of India’s total rice production, with the rest coming from the rabi season.
Estimates see the subcontinent’s food-grain production falling to 149.92 million tonnes in the 2022-23 season as against 156.04 million tonnes in the 2021-22 season.
However, these are initial estimates and experts see rainfall revival to narrow down the deficit by the end of the season.
Source: Economic times