The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has made rapid progress, emerging as number 1 in fruit production in the last five years, surpassing Maharashtra in horticulture. These are the latest statistics from the Reserve Bank of India.
Andhra Pradesh achieved the feat by increasing productivity, despite having less ground planted with horticulture crops compared to Maharashtra. The extent of area covered under fruit production in AP was 545,000 hectare in 2014-15 and it went up to 604,000 hectare in 2016-17. This is 150,000 hectares less compared to area of cultivation in Maharashtra, but AP saw 1,700,000 tonnes produced more.