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Delayed Monsoon Lowers Acreage in India

Farmers in India largely depend on monsoon rains to sow their crops—as much as 60 percent of the cropped area in India depends on these rains, which usually occur between June and September.

However, rainfall this year has been 22 percent below normal for the country as a whole—and as much as 36 percent below normal in northwest India. In other regions, including India’s northern “breadbasket” states of Punjab and Haryana (where over 18% percent of India’s foodgrains is produced), the monsoon has yet to arrive.