Domestic Horticulture production is estimated at 307.2 million tonnes (mt) in the current year (July-June), up 2.2% over last year , according to second advance estimates of released by the Union Agriculture Ministry. The production of fruits is estimated to be about 94.4 mt and vegetable 182 mt, the data showed.
Total area under horticulture crops was also up by 2.3%t to 25.4 million hectares (mha) from 24.85 mha in 2016-17. At 50.33 mt (48.61 mt in previous year) potato production is estimated to be 3.5% , whereas a slump is expected in the output of onions, which is down 2.6% at 21.84 mt. Tomato output is estimated to grow by 6.6% to 22 mt.
Among fruit crops, citrus fruits output is expected to surge by 9.6% to 12.51 mt (11.42 mt). The production of mangoes is projected to grow by 5.2% to 20.52 mt while banana output is expected to drop below 30 mt (30.5 mt). Spices production will be up 5% to 8.54 mt (8.12 mt).