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Rain deficit widens to 6%, raises crop yield concerns: IMD

Rainfall that is nearly 1/5th lower than normal so far in August has raised deficit, concerns

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

India's rainfall deficit for the June-September monsoon season has widened to 6 per cent as of Wednesday, the highest since the season's start on June 1, data compiled by India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed. Rainfall that is nearly a fifth lower than normal so far in August has raised the deficit and stoked concerns about the production of summer-sown crops such as rice, cotton, oilseeds and pulses. The central state of Madhya Pradesh, and the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the north, as well as the southern states of Karnataka and Kerala have received ...

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First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 20:02 IST