16th September, 2003
Ministry of Agriculture  


Crop prospects for kharif 2003 are bright. Helped by good monsoon rains this year, the area coverage of most of the crops has progressed satisfactorily. The sown area under several major crops such as maize, soyabean and kharif pulses has already exceeded the normal area. This is likely to reflect positively on the overall crop production.

The country’s foodgrain production during 2002-03 slumped to 182.6 million tones, due to widespread drought from the record level of 212 million tonnes in 2001-02. Production this year is likely to match the performance of 2001-02 if serious climatic disturbances are not faced.

Good rains have also helped in recharging the surface and ground water resources. This will benefit the irrigation needs of rabi crops.