India, the biggest producer of pulses at 19 million tonne and its biggest importer at 3.5-4 million tonne, banned exports of pulses in 2006.
Traffic – both rail and air – is severely affected with visibility reduced to less than 50 metres in the mornings and evenings.
Commodities like edible oil, pulses and gold, which India imports heavily, have become costlier as the country needs to spend more rupees to buy dollars to pay for shipments.
Ravinder Singh, a farmer in Agra district’s Hasanpur village, is giving extra care to his potato crop planted on 20 acres. With minimum temperature around 4-5 degree Celsius, he is watching for any traces of ground frost or late blight virus hitting his crop.
IMD's weather forecast brings hope to apple, pear and plum farmers in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh
In the previous year, snowfall had covered the lower reaches (below 6,000 feet) by January across Shimla and Kufri in Himachal Pradesh, said Chauhan.
The prices of okra, or ladies’ fingers, and bitter gourd have increased by as much as 50% to Rs 50-75 and Rs 45 a kg, respectively.
In 2013-14, potato output had declined 2.3% compared to the previous year due to untimely rains and late blight diseases.
Fish prices have gone higher by as much as a quarter in the past one month, driven by increasing demand and poor supplies.
According to data from the agriculture ministry, total area covered under rabi – or winter-sown – crops was 6.5% less than previous year at 47.07 million hectares as of Friday.
According to data from the agriculture ministry, total area covered under rabi or winter-sown crops was 6.5% less than previous year at 47.07 million hectare.
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