Wettest monsoon in 25 years could lift 2020 wheat output to a record high

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India’s wheat production could jump to a second consecutive annual record in 2020 as the wettest monsoon in 25 years is set to help farmers in expanding the area under the winter-sown crop while also boosting yields, industry officials told Reuters. But that higher production would add to India’s already swelling inventories, potentially forcing the world’s second-biggest wheat producer to […]

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Strong monsoon rains in India not always good news for farmers

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India, one of the world’s biggest agricultural producers, experienced its heaviest monsoon rains in 25 years this year. While rain would normally cheer the agricultural heartland, the monsoon was erratic and has left many crops damaged. India is the world’s biggest producer of sugar, cotton and pulses and the second-biggest producer of wheat and rice. […]

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Highest Indian monsoon in 25 years to boost winter crops

Monsoon rains in India were 10 per cent above average in 2019 and the highest in 25 years as seasonal rainfall continued longer than expected, the weather department said. Extra June-September monsoon rainfall will help farmers expand areas under winter-sown crops such as wheat, rice rapeseed and chick peas, improving their earning potential and helping […]

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Monsoon deficit narrows; kharif sowing progressing well: Agriculture Minister

The deficit in southwest monsoon has narrowed and the sowing of summer (Kharif) crops is progressing well across the country, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected overall monsoon to remain normal. However till August 8, rainfall is 5 per cent below the normal level. “Monsoon was delayed a […]

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