Crop Report: Karnataka 2019-20 maize crop seen up 28%, cotton up 41%

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020


–Karnataka pegs 2019-20 rice crop at 3.7 mln tn vs 3.4 mln yr ago   

–Pegs 2019-20 maize crop at 4.8 mln tn vs 3.7 mln yr ago

–Pegs 2019-20 tur crop at 1.1 mln tn vs 976,000 tn yr ago

–Pegs 2019-20 foodgrain output at 13.6 mln tn vs 11.0 mln

–Pegs 2019-20 oilseeds output at 1.2 mln tn vs 917,000 tn

–Pegs 2019-20 cotton output at 2.0 mln bales vs 1.4 mln

–Pegs 2019-20 sugarcane crop at 31.6 mln tn vs 47.2 mln tn


By Kavita Desai


MUMBAI – The output of all crops in Karnataka, barring sugarcane, is expected to increase in the 2019-20 (Jul-Jun) season due to higher acreage and yield, a senior official said. 


Adequate rain in the state–23% above-normal, at 1,033.3 mm, in Jun-Sep last year–led to a rise in acreage of most crops and boosted productivity.


The production of maize in the state is expected to surge 28% to 4.8 mln tn due to a sharp rise in yields. Maize yields have increased to 3,414 kg/ha from 2,777 kg/ha a year ago, the state farm department's fourth advance estimate showed.


Rice output is seen rising 9% on year to 3.7 mln tn. The production of tur is projected to rise 12% to 1.1 mln tn. Karnataka is among the major producers of rice, maize and tur.


The state has pegged total foodgrain output at 13.6 mln tn in 2019-20 (Jul-Jun), compared with 11.0 mln tn a year ago. Total oilseed output is seen rising to 1.2 mln tn, 32% higher from a year ago.


Cotton production is projected at 2.0 mln bales (1 bale = 170 kg), around 41% higher from a year ago. Sugarcane output is estimated to fall 33% to 31.6 mln tn, due to lower acreage.


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




(4th estimate)


(4th estimate)

YoY change

(in %)

Total Food grain**13,631,00011,029,00023.6
Total Oilseeds**1,206,000917,00031.5
Sugarcane31,600,00047,152,000(-) 33.0

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




Edited by Charumathi Sankaran


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