"Bringing back the glory of millets will make the country Aatmanirbhar in 3 areas-mainly Food, Nutrition, and Economy,” the Minister said.
The Agriculture Ministry on Monday said the mango production in the country is estimated to increase 4.24 per cent to 21.12 million tonnes in the crop year 2020-21 ending June. In the previous year (2019-20), the output of the ‘king of fruits’, stood at 20.26 million tonne.
The arrival of mangoes from southern and western India has started, while the season in the northern states like Uttar Pradesh will begin from mid-June onwards.
Similarly, Banana output is also pegged higher at 33.75 million tonnes for the crop year 2020-21 when compared with 32.59 million tonnes last year.
On the other hand, production of other summer fruits like muskmelon and watermelon is estimated to be slightly lower than the previous year.
Production of muskmelon is estimated to be 1.30 million tonnes this year as against 1.36 million tonne last year, while that of watermelon output estimated to be 3.12 million tonnes as against 3.15 million tonnes last year.
As per the ministry’s data, total fruits production in the country is likely to increase to 103.22 million tonne this year from 102 million tonne last year.
On the vegetable end, two main kitchen staples i.e. potato and onion is estimated higher from over the last year. Onion production is expected to increase to 26.29 million tonnes this year from 26.09 million tonne last year, while that of potato output is likely to increase to 53.11 million tonnes from 48.56 million tonnes last year.
Whereas, the production of tomato is pegged slightly lower to 20.14 million tonne this year from 21.17 million tonne last year.
Production of overall vegetables in the country is pegged higher at 193.60 million tonnes in the 2020-21 from 188.90 million tonnes in the last year.
Total production of horticultural crops is estimated to increase to 326.57 in the 2020-21 crop year from 320.76 million tonne last year, the data added.