National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) has come out with kharif crop estimates for the year 2018-19 which shows that basmati rice production is expected to decline by 9.24% to 5.18 million metric tonne.
Dr Hanish Kumar Sinha, head - research & development, NBHC said that the pulses production is projected to drop marginally to 9.10 million tonne from 9.35 million tonne last year. This is mainly due to the fall in Urad output by 10.11 per cent largely due to the shift in acreage towards soybean in some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Sinha said that the total oilseeds production is estimated to be 19.87 million metric tonne which is 5.36 % lower than last year's figure of 21 million metric tonne.
NBHC said that the annual cotton output in India might drop 4.57% due to inadequate rainfall in the top two producing states Maharashtra and Gujarat.