The latest crop survey report released by the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA)
- Estimated total production of castor seeds in India for the year 2012-13 is 11.40 lakh tonnes , down 27% from the last year.
- Total area under Castor crop in India for the year 2012-13 is 10.96 lakh hectares. It has decreased by 5% as compared to the previous year.
Average yield for the year 2012-13 is1043 kg/hectareas against 1373 kg/hectare during the year2012-13. It has decreased by 19% as compared to the previous year.
Here is the link to the article which details the survey results of castor crop carried out in major districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh – http://www.seaofindia.com/images/67/Castor%20Crop%20Survey_2012-13.pdf
Sources say that the lower yield due to inadequate water availability has affected the castor crop prospects in India.
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