There has been a record production of horticulture crops with production during the year 2016-17(F) reaching 300.6 million tonnes which is 5% higher than in the previous year. Productivity for horticulture sector as a whole, has increased by about 3.45% in 2016-17 (final estimates) as compared to 2015-16. In fruits, productivity has increased from 14.3 tonnes/ha in 2015-16 to 14.6 tonnes/ha in 2016-17 (final). In vegetables it has increased from 16.7 tonnes/ha in 2015-16 to 17.4 tonnes/ha.

Production of fruits is estimated to be 93 million tonnes which is 3% higher than previous year. There has been a record production of 178 million tonnes of vegetables which is about 5% higher than the previous year. With an increase of 7%, the production of onion during the year 2016-17 is estimated at 224 lakh tonnes as against 209 lakh tonnes in 2015-16. Production of potato in the year 2016-17 (final) is estimated at 486 lakh tonnes as against 434 lakh tonnes in 2015-16 which is 12% higher. With an increase of 10.5%, the production of tomato in year 2016-17(Final) is estimated at 207 lakh tonnes as against 187 lakh tonnes in 2015-16.

Highlights of 2017-18 (First Advance Estimates)

The total horticulture production of the country is estimated to be an impressive level of 305.4 mn tonnes during 2017-18 (First Adv. Est) which is 1.6% higher than the previous year and 8% higher than the past 5 years’ average production. Productivity for horticulture sector as a whole,  has marginally increased by about 1.3% in 2017-18 (First Adv. Estimates) as compared to 2016-17. Production of fruits is estimated to be about 95 million tonnes which is 2% higher than previous year.

Production of vegetables is estimated to be about 181 million tonnes which is about 1% higher than the previous year. Onion production in the in the current year is likely to be around 214 lakh tonnes as against 224 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 (Final Est.), which is about 4.5% lower than the previous year. Potato production is estimated at 493 lakh tonnes as against 486 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 (Final) which is about 1% higher than the previous year.

Tomato production in the current year is likely to be around 223 lakh tonnes as against 207 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 (Final Est.) which is about 7.7% higher than the previous year.

 

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