Health & Fit Bountiful Monsoon Rains Set to Boost India’s Agriculture Growth

11:06  24 november  2020
11:06  24 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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India needs this year's monsoon season to deliver heavier rainfall that will boost farm output and economic growth — but the country And with around 55% of India ' s arable land dependent on rain , the monsoon season could sway economic activity in the agriculture sector and industries linked to it.

Monsoon rains are serious business in India . Editorials are written on it, weather experts talk about it on prime time news television, and people send up prayers when it' s delayed. A good monsoon leads to bountiful crop which raises farm incomes, boosts rural consumption and drives the economy.

(Bloomberg) -- India’s farm sector growth will likely be the highest in three years as better-than-normal rain helped farmers to boost output of crops, including rice, sugar cane and soybeans.

a person walking in the rain holding an umbrella: A man crosses a road during a heavy rain shower in Chennai on November 18, 2020. © Photographer: ARUN SANKAR/AFP A man crosses a road during a heavy rain shower in Chennai on November 18, 2020.

Agriculture growth in the year that began in April will surpass the 4% level achieved in 2019-20, said Atul Chaturvedi, president of the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India. That would be the highest since 2017-18 when the sector grew by 5.9%, according to government data.

“With good rains and good monsoon, the harvesting has taken place brilliantly, and consumption as far as the rural sector is concerned has also increased,” Chaturvedi, who is also the executive chairman of India’s top refiner Shree Renuka Sugars Ltd., said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Tuesday. When the wider economy is not doing that well, “agriculture is probably the only silver lining.”

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Monsoon rains in India were 10% above average in 2019 and the highest in 25 years as seasonal rainfall continued longer than expected, the The longer monsoon could also restock reservoirs and help replenish ground water, helping assuage water shortages in pockets of the country of 1.3 billion

India ' s weather office has forecast a normal monsoon . Bountiful rains in the June-to-September period are critical for about While the monsoon was overall near normal last year, more than one-third of India received either below normal or excess rains , leading to acute distress and loss of crops

India’s sugar cane production is seen rising to almost 400 million tons in 2020-21 from 355.7 million tons a year earlier, according to the farm ministry. Output of monsoon-sown food grains, including rice, is set to climb to a record 144.52 million tons from 143.38 million tons in 2019-20, it said.

Probably for the first time, India is witnessing bumper crops and “very good commodity prices”, said Chaturvedi. Recent rains have improved the soil moisture level, which will benefit winter-sown crops like wheat and rapeseed, he said. India is the world’s second-biggest producer of rice, wheat and sugar.

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