NEW DELHI/MUMBAI - India looks set for bumper harvests of winter crops such as wheat, chickpeas and rapeseed in the wake of a strong monsoon that has left the soil moist and topped up reservoirs.
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MUMBAI - India received 6 percent higher rainfall than normal in the 2013 monsoon season ended on September 30, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday, strengthening prospects of a bumper farm output that could boost farmers' earnings.
NEW DELHI - India's monsoon looks a week or so ahead of schedule as next week's rains are again expected to be below average, but key summer crops have already had ample rainfall and should help to produce bumper harvests.
NEW DELHI - Monsoon is forecast to continue its early retreat next week with less than average rains across the country once again, barring cane and rice growing areas of south and central parts, weather officials said.
NEW DELHI - India's monsoon is likely to start withdrawing from the north-western states from September 9, slightly ahead of the normal schedule, after delivering above-average rains, two weather department officials said on Friday.
NEW DELHI - Monsoon rains should continue to be weaker than average again next week, suggesting an early end to the season, weather officials said on Thursday, but with summer crops well established, there should be little impact on harvests.
"Due to the drought, I have lost my savings of the last few years. If the drought repeats again this year, I have no choice but to default on crop and tractor loans. I may have to sell some family gold for regular expenses."
- Farmer SANJAY WADEKAR, Jamwadi, Maharashtra