Indian summer sowing down
Erratic monsoon rainfall led to lower planting of kharif (summer) crops in India this year. That was mainly because of a marked reduction in rice planting, even though the area under other crops was higher than that in 2008. Deficient rainfall adversely affected agricultural operations all over the country, says the Ministry of Agriculture. Rains were delayed by a couple of months and this is expected to help offset the summer sowing deficit to some extent in the winter crops.