According to the Castor crop survey conducted by the Solvent Extractors Association (SEA), the total production in India in 2018-19 is estimated to be down by 20% to 11.26 lakh tonnes from 14.16 lakh tonnes estimated in 2017-18.
As per the survey report the area and yield have declined mainly due to inadequate monsoons.
Total area under Castor in India for the year 2018-19 is estimated to be 769570 hectares as per the government’s estimates against 2017-18 estimate of 821600 hectares, which has decreased by 7% compared to the previous year.
Acreage has been reported to have declined in Gujarat, the largest growing state, but it is expected to be almost flat in Rajasthan and Andrhra Pradesh/Telangana.
Average yield for year 2018-19 is estimated slightly down by 12.6%, to 1520 Kg/Ha compared to 1740 Kg/Ha, based on farmer’s response about their yield expectation on present crop conditions.