During the kharif season, farmers typically plant around 106 million hectares. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Advancing monsoon spurs kharif sowing

1 min read . 01 Jul 2017
India receives over 70% of its annual rainfall during the four-month monsoon season, which also irrigates over half of the crop area that lacks assured irrigation. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Despite concerns that late sowing may affect yields, according to the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), Karnal, the crop situation is good. Photo: Bloomberg

Wheat planting completed in 96% area

2 min read . 31 Dec 2016
Decline in fertilizer sales and drought conditions over the past 2 years had raised doubt on the optimistic scenario projected by the government on crop sowing. Photo: Bloomberg

The mystery of agricultural growth

4 min read . 08 Dec 2016