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GVA in agriculture and allied activities projected to fall to 2.1% in FY18

More than GVA at constant prices, GVA for agriculture and allied activities at current prices slumped from nine per cent in 2016-17 to 2.8 per cent in 2017-18

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

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(GVA) in and allied activities is projected to fall to 2.1 per cent in FY18 because of an expected drop in the rabi harvest, an almost three per cent fall in production, and on account of a big base, according to the first advance estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) for 2017-18 released on Friday.

More than at constant prices, for and allied activities at current prices slumped from nine per cent in 2016-17 to 2.8 per cent in 2017-18, which means farm product prices grew a mere 0.7 per cent in 2017-18 as against a rise of 4.1 per cent in 2016-17.

A massive drop in agricultural prices, with most of them ruling below minimum support prices (MSPs), has been one of major crises the current government faces.

Despite best efforts, prices have stubbornly remained lower than the MSP, a factor which many blamed for the BJP’s poor performance in the elections in parts of Gujarat.

According to the government’s estimates, foodgrain production in the season is projected to fall to 134.67 million tonnes as against 138.32 million tonnes in the previous season, due to fall in pulses output, while oilseeds production is also expected to drop.

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More than kharif, the estimates show that rabi production could also suffer due to a drop of almost 600,000 hectares in wheat acreage because of a shift in area towards gram in Madhya Pradesh.

“The estimates of this sector have been compiled using the First Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2017-18 and targets based on rabi sowings,” the official statement said.

Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at CARE ratings, said that a lower agri forecast was not good for the rabi crop, in which the area under cultivation has been lower so far, with wheat being under pressure.

TCA Anant, chief statistician, however, laid the blame for lower growth on a certain amount of statistical base reversion.

First Published: Sat, January 06 2018. 01:31 IST
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