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India staring at uncertainty over normal monsoon

Normal monsoon was one of the assumptions in various forecasts of economic growth

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

With the monsoon taking a break, independent weather services have doubts if the four-month long season would be normal this year. Monsoon has been below normal by 5 per cent till Friday, and has impacted the sowing of kharif crops, with total area under cultivation falling 0.56 per cent till date year-on-year.   Only cotton and sugarcane saw a rise in acreage, according to the data released by the agriculture ministry. Overall, the sowing area is 101.38 million hectares against 101.96 million hectares a year ago.   Normal monsoon was one of the assumptions in various ...

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First Published: Sat, August 26 2017. 02:44 IST
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