Krishi VaartaOutlook Agriculture
Tomato Production to Increase with Onions and Potatoes
Onion, potato as well as tomato production estimates are higher in the harvest season 2019-20. According to the first preliminary estimate of the Ministry of Agriculture, the production of horticultural crops is estimated to increase by 0.84% to a record 31.33 million tonnes.
Farmers are preferring sowing of horticultural crops over traditional crops, which is why sowing of horticultural crops is increasing each year. According to the ministry, the sowing of horticultural crops has been done in 256.1 lakh hectares during the harvest season 2019-20, which is more than the 254.3 lakh hectare of the previous year. The production of horticultural crops is more than the production of food grains.
According to earlier preliminary estimates, onion production is estimated to increase by 7.17% to 244.5 lakh tonnes in the crop season 2019-20 as compared to 228.2 lakh tonnes produced last year. Potato production is estimated to increase by 3.49% to 519.4 lakh tonnes as against 510.9 lakh tonnes in the crop season 2018-19. Tomato production during this period is expected to increase by 1.68% to 193.3 lakh tonnes as against 190.1 lakh tonnes produced last year.
Source: Outlook Agriculture, 27 January 2020
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