The Agriculture Ministry has set a foodgrain production target of 285.2 million tonnes for 2018-19, a marginal increase from the previous year’s harvest of 284.8 million tonnes. The higher year-on-year food production is due to a larger harvest of rice, which rose from 109.7 million tonnes in 2016-17 to 111.5 million tonnes in 2017-18, and a record crop of pulses which rose 5.9% year-on-year.
The latest estimates show that in 2017-18 farmers harvested 30.6 million tonnes of different oilseeds, marginally lower than the 31.3 million tonnes produced the year before.
The rise, however, hasn’t been beneficial for growers because the price of several commodities, particularly pulses, slumped due to the bumper harvest. The foodgrain basket comprises rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses in which wheat output has been pegged at a record 99.7 mt, rice at 112.91 mt, and pulses at 25.23 mt for the 2017-18 crop year.
Wheat production has been revised upward by 1.06 mt to a record 99.70 MT for the 2017-18 crop year from its previous projection. Rice output for 2017-18 has been revised by 1.39 mt to a record 112.91 mt from its previous estimate, higher than 109.70 mt achieved in 2016-17. Production of coarse cereals has been revised upward by 2.12 mt to record 46.99 mt from its previous projection made for 2017-18 and is higher than the 43.77 mt during 2016-17.
Oilseeds production in 2017-18 has also been revised upward to 31.31 mt for 2017-18 crop year, marginally higher than 31.28 mt in the previous year. In case of cash crops, sugarcane output has been revised upward by 21.9 mt to a record 376.9 mt from its previous projection made for 2017-18.
With such economic statistics, Media Today Group is proud to announce the 10th edition of GrainTech India 2019, widely acknowledged as India’s largest Technology Exhibition for Grains, Rice, Cereals, Spices, Pulses, Biscuits, Milling, Oil Seeds, Feeds, Storage, Processing, Packaging, Ingredients and Allied Industries, scheduled to be held from 30th August – 1st September 2019 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore, India.
The GrainTech India 2019 is being held concurrently with the 11th edition of India Foodex 2019, an International Exhibition on Food Products, Processing & Packaging Machinery and Allied Industries, focusing on numerous food products, technologies, minimizing food wastage, value addition and cold chain etc.
GrainTech India 2019 has strong support from prominent Indian agri and food organizations such as Roller Flour Millers Federation of India, The Solvent Extractors Association of India, All India Food Preservers’ Association, The Soybean Processors Association of India, All India Rice Exporters Association, Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council, and Indian Biscuits Manufacturers Association amongst others. The event also has the support of Government of India Export Promotion bodies like Spices Board of India.
Indian agriculture is currently going through critical time viz. low productivity, high logistics costs, lack of adequate post harvest infrastructure including storage facilities, connectivity etc. On the one hand, relying on the strength of outcome of the Green Revolution India surged ahead in agricultural production and became self sufficient which also paved the way for the country emerging as a net exporter of food products especially food grains.
Rising population has led to a situation of stress on the availability of food for large masses though Government of India has enacted a Food Security Law to ensure availability of food grains to every individual in the country. The focus is now to increase productivity of food grains and build an effective supply chain to ensure availability of quality food for end consumers.
The need of the hour, therefore, is adoption of modern technology in terms of distribution, storage and transportation facilities. These can help in curtailing huge wastages of food products in the whole supply chain. GrainTech India 2019 provides a platform for participants to deliberate and share their experiences on various facets related to production, storage, distribution and transportation of food grains and other food items.