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Sowing of summer crops down as rain deficit triggers drought fears

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 8:22 PM

A patchy start to the monsoon has impacted sowing of key summer crops as parched conditions have spread rapidly to nearly half the states, raising fears of a widespread drought, according to data from the agriculture ministry and senior government officials. Millions of farmers wait for the rains to begin sowing of summer crops, such as rice, sugar, cotton, coarse cereals, and oil seeds.