Agri Business

Rapeseed/mustard output may rise 15%

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on February 07, 2011 Published on February 07, 2011

Rapeseed/mustard production this year is likely to be 15 per cent higher at 68.50 lakh tonnes (lt) on higher acreage and yield.

A crop survey carried out by the Solvent Extractors Association, headed by Mr D.P. Khandelia, Chairman of the association's rapeseed-mustard promotion council, showed that the area has increased to 72.47 lakh hectares (lh) from 65.28 lh last year, resulting in the higher output against 59.20 lt.

The yield is seen at 945 kg a hectare against 907 kg last year. Rapeseed/mustard is the main rabi oilseeds crop in the country. However, the weather in the next 3-4 weeks will hold the key to the projected output.

The change in weather in the last 3-4 days, wherein the day temperature has increased, could affect the crop if it continues. But any rainfall together with fall in temperature will help the crop and forecast of mild showers offer hope, a release from the association said.

The survey showed a 9.2 per cent rise in area under the crop in Rajasthan to 32.45 lh, while it saw a drop of 2.92 per cent to 10.03 lh in Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and West Bengal, too, have a higher coverage of the crop.

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Published on February 07, 2011
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