Rajasthan aims 3.8 million tonne mustard crop in 2017-18, down 4%.

The country’s top mustard producing state, Rajasthan, has set a target of 3.77 million tonne output of the oilseed in 2017-18 (Jul-Jun), 4.3% lower from the output a year ago. Expecting a lower mustard output this year despite some marginal rise in the acreage primarily because of inadequate water for irrigation in key reservoirs in the state. The state faced a dry spell during most part of Jul-Aug, but rainfall has improved this month. However, water level in key reservoirs in the state continues to remain low.