Rain tipped to bring good wheat harvest for last week's winter crop but with less rain in coming weeks, 원나잇farmers in north India expect wheat production to come in under 4 million tonnes on Monday – well below expectations of 18 million tonnes in 2015, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).
More than half of the harvest, of 6.7 million tonnes, was harvested in Assam, with Assam producing an additional 5.3 million tonnes, the Agriculture Ministry said.
But rainfall across southern India, including Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Mizoram, fell from last week, with the total recorded at only 1.4 per cent – a small boost for last week's harvest.
The latest forecasts also expected the monsoon to make further progress.
The last rainfall recorded for 2017 came in Septemb양산출장안마 양산출장마사지er, when the monsoon was less than one month old – but at the end of the year India experienced record rainfall in some parts of the country, including Punjab.
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The worst-affected areas were parts of Uttar Pradesh (up to about 1.5 million hectares) and Jammu and Kashmir, where more than 1 million hectares were damaged or destroyed during the monsoon rains, the ministry said.
The last monsoon season was also hit badly by a severe flood this month that destroyed several dams in eastern states.
However, some experts say India will not experience large drought this winter due to the rains that began earlier this month.
The central government has so far started its monsoon program, which is expected to raise crop yields from the spring crop this year, i제주출장안마n drought-stricken districts of South Asia, India's second-largest economy.
But the government is likely to have to keep its monsoon programs under wraps this winter, considering it has to plan for the coming monsoon season, and its anticipated increase in foodgrain demand.