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Agriculture and Fish Production Year 2013

Highlights

 

1. Sugar cane
 
The production of sugar cane went down by 3.3 % from 3,947,285 tonnes in 2012 to 3,815,782 tonnes in 2013.  This is mostly explained by a decrease of 2.9% in the yield of sugar cane from 72.9 tonnes per hectare in 2012 to 70.8 in 2013.  The area harvested dropped by 0.5% from 54,140 hectares in 2012 to 53,871 hectares in 2013. 
 
The production of sugar, consequently, went down by 1.1% from 409,200 tonnes in 2012 to 404,713 tonnes in 2013.  Compared to 10.38% in 2012, the average extraction rate was 10.62% in 2013 representing an increase of 2.3%. 
 
2. Tea
 
Area under tea plantation increased by 0.4% from 669 hectares in 2012 to 672 hectares in 2013. Production of green tea leaves went up by 0.4% from 7,947 tonnes in 2012 to 7,981 tonnes in 2013.  The production of manufactured tea decreased by 0.9% from 1,577 tonnes to 1,563 tonnes.
 
 
3. Tobacco
 
Area harvested in 2013 was 2 hectares compared to 173 hectares in 2012.  As a result, the production of tobacco leaves declined by 99.6% from 245 tonnes to 1 tonne.  It is to be noted that growing of tobacco will cease in 2015.
 

4. Food Crop 
 
A total of 8,189 hectares under food crops was harvested in 2013, representing a rise of 0.8% over the figure of 8,124 hectares in 2012. However, the production declined by 2.5% from 121,106 tonnes to 118,123 tonnes, mainly explained by decreases  of 19.5 % and 14.8 % in the production of potato and tomato respectively in 2013 compared to 2012.  The area under rice cultivation harvested decreased by 1.6% from 309 hectares in 2012 to 304 hectares in 2013. The production of paddy rice went down by 22.3% from 831 tonnes to 646 tonnes during the same period.
           
5. Livestock
 
                                                                                                                  In 2013 beef production from live cattle was 1,946 tonnes, 2.0% lower than the production of 1,986 tonnes in 2012.  Production of beef from the slaughter of imported cattle increased by 2.8% whereas that of local beef declined by 50.0%.
 
Production of goat meat and mutton, and pork dropped by 9.8% and 5.8% respectively.
 
6. Poultry
 
The production of poultry was 46,700 tonnes in 2013 compared to 47,200 tonnes in 2012.
 
7. Fish
 
Fish production increased by 10.3% from 4,194 tonnes in 2012 to 4,626 tonnes in 2013.  Production of other catch (tuna, bank etc) rose by 25.0% while that of fresh coastal fish catch declined by 7.7%.
 
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            March 2014