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Indian monsoon boosting crop prospects

Summer-sown crops that will benefit with rains include rice, soybeans, and pulses

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 12 2016 2:06PM | Updated Date: Jul 12 2016 2:09PM

Indian monsoon boosting crop prospects

Monsoon in India is picking up pace, all over in India. The monsoon is will help crops like cotton, sugar, and pulse and production of other such crops. India is finally recovering after two years of drought.


Rains across the India were 35% above average till July 6, announced the Indian Meteorological Department (IBD).


"The rains ended dryness and drought like condition in most of the areas," said Kyle Tapley, at MDA Weather Services. Adding more to it, Tapley said, more rains are on its way over the next 5 days.


The country's monsoon was slow to arrive, hitting southern India a week later than usual this year, and was until now running weaker than normal, with June rains 12% below average. Heavy rains in the first week of July leave total rainfall 1% higher this year than the seasonal average.


Due to above average rainfall, sugarcane crops prospects improve as this crop needed extra irrigation to grow. The increase in soil moisture will is allowing planting to begin for summer crops, such as cotton. Other summer-sown crops that will benefit include rice, soybeans, and pulses.


Indian lentil and chickpea prices have been soaring due to low availability, after two harvests in a row were hit by lack of moisture.