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  1. Monsoon rainfall deficit widens to 10 pct, raises fears of first drought in six years

Monsoon rainfall deficit widens to 10 pct, raises fears of first drought in six years

Though agriculture accounts for about 15 percent of India's $2 trillion economy, three-fifths of its 1.25 billion people depend on it for their livelihood.

By: | Mumbai | Published: August 17, 2015 8:37 AM
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Though agriculture accounts for about 15 percent of India’s trillion economy, three-fifths of its 1.25 billion people depend on it for their livelihood. (Reuters)

India’s monsoon rainfall deficit has widened to 10 per cent as a strengthening El Nino weather pattern trimmed rainfall, the weather department said, raising fears of the first drought in six years.

The June-September monsoon rains determine farmers’ earnings as more than half of farm land lacks irrigation.

Though agriculture accounts for about 15 percent of India’s $2 trillion economy, three-fifths of its 1.25 billion people depend on it for their livelihood.

The rainfall is likely to remain subdued even this week over most parts of the country, a weather department official said, raising concerns over output from summer-sown crops such as cotton, oilseeds, paddy and pulses.

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