September 11, 2019
France based food major, Cogencis has estimated this year’s kharif (autumn) corn output (16.1 mt) to be 6.6% higher than last year (15.1 mt). This however is much lower than the government’s estimate of 19 mt predicted for the year. A higher acreage has been planted this year as the sharp rise in prices due to shortage, encouraged farmers to switch to corn, reported Cogencis. The highest yields are expected to come from Madhya Pradesh and Punjab with Karnataka continuing to suffer due to drought and fall armyworm infestations.