Crop Report: Bengal rice crop seen tad up in 2019-20, pulses up 21%

Thursday, Jun 25, 2020


–Bengal pegs 2019-20 rice crop at 16.10 mln tn vs 15.95 mln yr ago 

–Pegs 2019-20 wheat crop at 930,000 tn vs 788,000 tn yr ago

–Pegs 2019-20 maize crop at 706,000 tn vs 662,000 tn year ago

–Pegs 2019-20 pulses output at 311,000 tn vs 256,500 tn yr ago

–Pegs 2019-20 foodgrain output at 19.0 mln tn vs 18.7 mln tn

–Pegs 2019-20 oilseeds output at 924,000 tn vs 888,500 tn

–Pegs 2019-20 potato output at 12.9 mln tn vs 9.8 mln tn

–Pegs 2019-20 jute crop at 7.70 mln bales vs 7.67 mln bales


By Sampad Nandy


NEW DELHI – West Bengal's rice production is seen marginally higher at 16.1 mln tn in 2019-20 (Jul-Jun), compared to 15.95 mln tn in the previous year, a senior official with the state's agriculture department said.


The state has pegged wheat output at 930,000 tn, 18% higher from the previous year. Wheat production is seen rising sharply this year, due to conducive weather during the cultivation period.


Maize output in 2019-20 is seen up nearly 7% at 706,000 tn.


Production of pulses is expected to surge over 21% to 311,000 tn. The production of pulses is seen higher this year due to excessive post-monsoon rainfall during the rabi season, the official said.


Total production of food grains has been pegged at 19.02 mln tn, 2% higher than last year, the official said.


In the case of oilseeds, the state sees the overall output in 2019-20 at 924,000 tn, up 4% from last year.


Potato output in West Bengal, a key producer, is seen at 12.9 mln tn, a whopping 32% higher from the previous year.


Jute production is seen at 7.70 mln bales, marginally higher than 7.67 mln bales pegged for last year. The state is the largest producer of jute.


The following is the third advance estimate of output in West Bengal for the 2019-20 (Jul-Jun) crop year, in tn, compared with year-ago figures, and year-on-year change:




(3rd estimate)


(4th estimate)

YoY change

(in %)

Pulses 311,000256,50021.2
Total Food grain**19,017,00018,654,5001.9

**Total food grains, oilseeds may not match, as some minor crops have not been included.

* Jute output measured in bales (1 bale = 180 kg) 




Edited by Ashish Shirke


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