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Horticultural Output in India Grows 3.2%

Over 21 million tonnes more than foodgrains production, horticulture production in India in 2016-17 has been estimated to be 295.16 million tonnes. This year horticulture production has been about 3.2 percent more than in the previous year.

In 2016-17, the production of vegetables has been 175 million tonnes, up from 169 million tonnes last year, said the government’s second advance estimate of horticulture production.

Among vegetables, potato production is estimated at 46.54 million tonnes, almost 7.2 per cent more than last year. While onion production is expected at 21.56 million tonnes, against 20.9 million tonnes last year.

The major tomato-growing states are Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, and Gujarat. Tomato production in 2016-17 is estimated to be around 19.7 million tonnes, which is 5.1 per cent higher than in the previous year.

Fruit production has been estimated at 92.84 million tonnes, 2.9 percent more than in 2015-16, in which mango production is estimated at 19.68 million tonnes as against 18.64 million tonnes last year.

For the past few years, India’s horticulture production is consistently surpassing foodgrains output. Horticulture is growing at a faster rate than cereals.