Mango production in the country is estimated to lower by 4.36 per cent at 20.44 million tonnes in the crop year 2019-20 ending this month, the latest data from the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. The output of mango, the king of fruits, stood at 21.37 million tonnes during the 2018-19 crop year (July-June).
The arrival of mangoes from the southern and western India has started, while the season in the northern states like Uttar Pradesh will begin from mid-June onwards. However, production of other summer fruits -- muskmelon and watermelon -- is estimated to be higher than the previous year, as per the second estimate of horticultural crop production released by the ministry for the crop year 2019-20.
Production of muskmelon is estimated to be higher at 13.30 million tonnes this year from 12.66 million tonnes last year. Similarly, the production of watermelon is estimated to increase to 2.78 million tonnes from 2.49 mln tonnes.
Banana output is also pegged higher at 31.50 million tonnes for the crop year 2019-20 when compared with 30.46 million tonnes last year. Total fruits production in the country is likely to increase to 99 million tonnes this year from 97.96 million tonnes last year, Ministry data showed.
Among key vegetables, production of three main kitchen staples -- tomato, potato and onion -- is estimated higher from over the last year. Tomato output is expected to increase to 20.57 million tonnes this year from 19 million tonnes last year, while that of potato to 51.3 million tonnes from 50.19 million tonnes in the said period.
Similarly, production of onion is pegged higher at 26.73 million tonnes for the 2019-20 crop year when compared with 22.81 million tonnes last year.
Production of overall vegetables in the country is pegged higher at 191.76 million tonnes in the 2019-20 from 183.17 million tonnes in the last year.