Indian states of Punjab, Haryana may harvest 300 lakh tonnes of wheat this season; El Nino may spoil the party next year

With an extended winter and spell of rain at regular intervals during the ongoing Rabi season, the key grain growing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to reap a bumper harvest of wheat at nearly 300 lakh tonnes. For the state of Punjab, the agriculture department is expecting about 180 lakh tonnes of wheat […]

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COMMENTARY – Kerala floods to hit India’s coffee, spices and rubber output hard

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The devastating floods in Kerala have brought the state’s economy to a standstill, with tens of thousands of farmers clueless about their future, as rainwaters have destroyed yearlong plantations, hitting coffee, spices and rubber. “Preliminary findings show that nearly 1,82,000 farmers are directly affected, and nearly 28,150 hectares of farm land are submerged in flood […]

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Normal rains forecast this summer for most of India except the northeast

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India’s weather office forecast normal monsoon rains this summer for most of the country, but said it expected deficient rainfall in the country’s northeast. Quantitatively, the season rainfall for the country as a whole is likely to be 97% of the long period average (LPA) with a model error of ±4%. The LPA rainfall over […]

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“Not a difficult monsoon” predicted for India this year

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Nothing in current weather patterns indicate a difficult monsoon in India for the 2018 season, according to senior officials from the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) and those at private forecasting agency Skymet However, scientists also note, monsoon conditions do change quite fast. IMD’s latest summer update had indicated the favourable La Niña weather condition was likely to moderate […]

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