USDA cuts India FY18 wheat output estimate by 1 million tonne to 96 million tonne.

The US Department of Agriculture has reduced its forecast for India wheat production in 2017-18 marketing year (Apr-Mar) to 96.0 million tonne. In the previous forecast released in May, the US agency had projected wheat production of 97 million tonne in India. Production is still seen at a record high and over 10% higher from 87 million tonne a year ago. The government has estimated India wheat output in the 2016-17 crop year ending June to a record 97.4 million tonne. Despite the record crop and a custom duty of 10%, the department sees India wheat imports in 2017-18 at 4.0 million tonne.