Punjab 2018 kharif rice crop seen 13.4 mln tn, up 10%

Punjab’s output of rice in 2018-19 (Jul-Jun) kharif season is likely to rise 10% on year to 13.36 mln tn due to a rise in acreage and yield. Punjab is a major rice producing state. Cotton output in the state during the season is seen falling 18% on year to 1.30 mln bales (1 bale = 170 kg). Maize output is seen down 14% on year at 450,000 tn.The state has pegged total food grain output at 13.82 mln tn, compared with 12.69 mln tn last year. Total output of oilseeds is seen at 5,400 tn, against 5,600 tn the previous year.