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India guards wheat crop after extreme heat scorched fields last year

Several parts of the country are witnessing unusually warm weather for this time of the year, including in the biggest wheat-growing areas

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After an extraordinary heat wave smothered much of India last year and forced the country to restrict wheat exports, farmers are closely guarding their fields as the threat of another extreme weather event looms.
 
Several parts of the country are witnessing unusually warm weather for this time of the year, including in the biggest wheat-growing areas. The plants are reaching maturity or close to flowering, making them very sensitive to heat. High temperatures can result in output losses, the weather office has warned.

India’s wheat harvest is the biggest globally after China. It’s a staple in the local diet and

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First Published: Feb 22 2023 | 8:03 AM IST

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