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India witnesses driest June in five years, may face harvest crisis

Overall, the monsoon rains were a third lower than average, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

India had its driest June in five years because monsoon rains were delayed, the weather department said late on Sunday, raising fears for crops and the broader economy. Overall, the monsoon rains were a third lower than average, though in some states including the sugar cane growing northern state of Uttar Pradesh, they were as much as 61 per cent lower, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed. About 55 per cent of India's arable land is rain-fed, and agriculture makes up about 15 per cent of Asia's third largest economy, which is already suffering a ...

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First Published: Mon, July 01 2019. 08:33 IST
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