Mumbai: India’s south-west monsoon, which has been stalled since 7 June, may revive around 20 June and spread over Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh by the first week of July, a weather official who declined to be named said.
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“Once it gets revived and strengthened it will go up to central India without much problem....by first week of July it should cover (Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh),” a director with India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are major producers of soybean, cotton, sugarcane, corn and pulses.
The monsoon is crucial for India’s summer-sown crops, which accounted for 52% of the estimated food crop output of 229.85 million tonnes in the year to June 2009.
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