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Kharif output estimated to be lower than last year

Tue, Sep 26 2017, 12:04 PM

India’s foodgrain production in the Kharif season (July to October) is estimated to be 134.67 million tonnes in 2017-18, a drop of 2.8% over the record 138.52 million tonnes in 2016-17, according to estimates released by the government on Monday. The fall is being attributed to the uneven distribution of rains during the south-west monsoon between June and September, which is the primary source of irrigation for over half of the country’s crop area.