April 20

Analysis: Heat Last Year, Untimely Rains This Year: India’s Wheat Crop Takes a Hit Again

By Vivek Gupta

India’s wheat crop this year has been hit because of excessive rainfall in the crucial month of March, when the crop enters the vital grain-filling stage and gets ready for harvesting in April.

Last year, the excessive temperatures in March, the steepest since the country’s temperature record-keeping began in 1901, impacted wheat production which was lower than the expected production, by around 4.5 million tonnes. India was aiming for 111.32 million tonnes of wheat production in 2022, but the final realisation was not more than 106.84 million tonnes.

Source: The Wire (link opens in a new window)

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