Prices of cooking oil, a main ingredient in the country’s food basket, have also gone up in the past month by 8-9% globally.
In meteorological terms, west Rajasthan received 10.1 mm of rainfall since June 1, comparable with Gangetic West Bengal that got 12 mm since June 1.
Farmers in the irrigated belts of Punjab and Haryana have already started land and nursery preparation, ahead of planting paddy and cotton.
The weather office said conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon, a forecast backed by satellite images.
Officials in the department of food and supplies in Delhi govt said traders face a jail term of seven years if they were convicted for hoarding.
Skymet also says that 1997 was an El Nino year, with the weather office forecast of 92 per cent of the average rainfall over the season.
"We have got reports from six states, out of which we have asked Punjab, MP and Goa to reappraise their test reports," said Yudhvir Singh Malik.
Lead is a heavy metal contaminant. It is absolutely hazardous if it is taken beyond the acceptable limit. It can be much more harmful if consumed by younger children.
"The Sinchai Yojana (irrigation programme) will lay stress on end-to end solutions in the irrigation supply chain from water sources, distribution network and farm-level applications."
The new estimate is lower than the 93 per cent forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in April.
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