New Delhi: Monsoon rains in the country were above average in the past week for the first time in the current season, the weather office said, as the downpours resumed after a worrying fortnight-long pause over the central part of the country.
The annual rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth as about 55 per cent of India's arable land is rain-fed. The farm sector accounts for about 15 per cent of a nearly $2-trillion economy, Asia's third-biggest.
Rains were 1 per cent above average for the week ended July 11, a sharp improvement from 49 per cent below average in the previous week - allaying fears of a drought, which would hit output of food crops in the major consumer and producer.
Rapid progress of monsoon rains over the grain bowl of northwest India helped cover the entire country four days ahead of the usual date of July 15 although weather officials have cautioned it could remain weak until next week....more
07:51 AM, Jul 13, 2012
New Delhi: Sowing of paddy, maize, bajra and oilseeds is trailing behind but pulses has picked up so far in the ongoing kharif (summer) season, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. The sowing of kharif crops like paddy, pulses and oilseeds begins from April but gains momentum after the onset of South-West monsoon in June. Due to delayed monsoon, sowing of some crops has been affected. "Though sowing of rice,...
06:51 PM, Jul 06, 2012