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Weather | Rainfall deficit down to 25%, harvest to decline

Weather | Rainfall deficit down to 25%, harvest to decline
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First Published: Fri, Aug 28 2009. 12 27 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Aug 28 2009. 12 27 AM IST
New Delhi: India’s rainfall deficit climbed down a notch to 25% from 26% last week. This was largely due to normal rainfall in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The monsoon season may be the driest in seven years, with 252 of the 626 districts declaring drought. India’s summer crop harvest will decline by one-fifth, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.
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First Published: Fri, Aug 28 2009. 12 27 AM IST