Amid growing fears of the El Niño, agriculture minister has said that the govt has identified 100 districts in the country to help farmers who are grappling with extreme weather conditions.
Skymet predicts that the monsoon this year will hit Kerala coast five days to a week in advance from the usual date of June 1.
The relaxation, with immediate effect, is aimed at reducing the hardship of farmers and avoiding distress sale of wheat, the food ministry said in a release.
With sugarcane arrears to farmers touching Rs 19,243 cr, farmer leaders want governments to show strong political will to ensure steady payments to farmers by millers.
Skymet expects a few dry patches in parts of northwest, central and south India but on the whole it is optimistic of normal rains in 2015.
Pakistan is keen on importing, but the demand may last only for a month before new harvest arrives.
Rains are forecast to cover parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka from mid-April.
Rains are forecast to occur in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka. A few places in Bihar and northeastern states are also expected to get rains.
Unseasonal rains to hurt ice cream, soft drink business, manufacturers keep an eye on weather updates to plan production
Mother Dairy and Vadilal are keeping an eye on weather updates to plan production of ice-creams and dairy products, while juice makers Real and Fruits Up are hoping the summer will be long and hot.
Amul has reported its slowest growth in the past eight years for 2014-15 due to a fall in global milk prices that impacted the rate of revenue increase.
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