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Normal monsoon may not lead to higher farm incomes

DNMUM418052 | 7/13/2018 | Author : Devinder Sharma | WC :604 | Opinion & Viewpoint


That there is a positive correlation between rainfall, food production and economic growth is well known. While the prediction of a normal rainfall certainly provides a feel good factor for the economy, the averages hides the shortfall in rains that a significant proportion of the country has to undergo.
This year too, a pause in monsoon rains, coming after an early onset of monsoon, has resulted in more than 20% decline in sowing of kharif crops by June end. In some crops like pulses, cotton, oilseeds and coarse cereals, the shortfall in sowings is as high as 30% to 45%.
According to Down to Earth magazine, a month after the onset of monsoon, as many as 290 districts – more than 42% of the country – have received deficient and l
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