Central Organization for Oil Industry and Trade (COOIT), a national association of the edible oil industry in India, has estimated that the country’s mustard seed production would increase to 100-110 lakh tonnes in the rabi season of 2021-22 crop as a result of higher mustard sowing by farmers.
The production of mustard, which is one of the major rabi crops, stood at 85 lakh tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year (July-June).
Elaborating the mustard production estimates, Babulal Data, President, Central Organization for Oil Industry and Trade said, “Sowing of mustard seeds has increased this year significantly in all major producing states including Rajasthan. We project that production may rise to 100-110 lakh tonnes in 2021-22 season.”
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As per the Government of India data, the area under coverage for rapeseed and mustard seeds stood at 81.66 lakh hectares till December 10, 2021, of the ongoing rabi sowing season as against 65.97 lakh hectares in the corresponding period of last year.
“Farmers got good prices for their mustard crop in the last rabi season. As a result, they have put more area under mustard in the ongoing rabi season,” he said.
Weather conditions have also been conducive so far.
Established in 1952, COOIT is engaged in the development and growth of India’s vegetable oil sector. The COOIT is the national association representing the interests of the entire vegetable oil sector in the country and its members include state-level associations, prominent manufacturing and business concerns in the industry, trade and export houses, among other stakeholders.