India: Horticulture and floriculture production hits record high

According to the second advance estimate of horticulture production released by the Ministry of Agriculture today, India is expected to have the highest ever horticulture production of 329.86 million tons in 2020-21, up by 2.93% over previous year. The increase in production has been registered in vegetables, spices, medicinal and aromatic crops. The Floriculture sector has been the hardest hit by the pandemic as production declined by 7.17%.

The production of fruits is estimated to be 102.76 million tons this year, compared to 102.08 million tons achieved in the year 2019-20, while production of vegetables is estimated to be 196.27 million tons, up by 4.42% compared to 188.28 million tons in the previous year.

The demand for healthy foods had increased overall consumption of spices in the country and also in the export markets served by India. This has reflected in the increase in production of spices. "Aromatic and medicinal crops have registered a growth of 6.11% with estimated production of 0.78 million tons this year as compared to 0.73 million tons in the year 2019-20.

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