ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Growth May Revive

The editorial of 15 June 2013, “The Faltering Economy”, makes a valid point in identifying the reasons for the economy doing sluggishly in 2012-13. But the point is, why did the agriculture sector shrink from 7.7 % to 1.9%? Rainfall during the south-west monsoon (1 June- 30 September) in 2012 had been erratic and uneven. Out of 628 districts for which rainfall data were available, 62 districts (10%) received excess rainfall, 303 (48%) received normal rainfall, 235 (37%) received deficient rainfall and 28 districts (5%) received scanty rainfall.

Due to this erratic and deficient rainfall, area under kharif crops declined as compared to the previous year. Coarse cereals and pulses, grown mostly in rain-fed conditions, suffered a major decline in the area under cultivation. These accounted for nearly 83% of the total decline in area under food crops.

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