How's about that Indian monsoon collapse, Reuters? You still talking it up?
Skymet - low to bring heavy monsoon rains in central India. Well, that sounds good.
Skymet - heavy rain in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh. Well that's not bad either.
Hindu Business Line - quit piddling your frilly pink panties. Sowing has gone well so far compared to last year:
“Sowing is progressing well, but August will be crucial since 25 per cent of sowing remains and the flowering stage is in mid-August. With good rains so far, there was timely sowing, and the expectation is that there will be good production for the Kharif season. At present, it is going parallel to the 2013-14 season,” said JS Sandhu, Agriculture Commissioner and Deputy Director-General, Crop Science, Indian Council of Agricultural Research.You have to wonder if the clowns at Reuters actually read the Indian news.
Pulses like arhar (tur), urad and moong, have been sown over 8.24 mh, up nearly 21 per cent over the 6.82 mh covered at the same time last season. Acreage of moong and urad, in particular, has registered increases of 32.2 per cent and 29.5 per cent, respectively.
Acreage of oilseeds such as groundnut, soyabean, sesamum and castor are up 9.5 per cent at 14.9 mh (13.6 mh). Soyabean planting is up 11.17 per cent while that of groundnut is up 10.5 per cent.
Coarse cereals have been sown over larger tracts in central India where rainfall has been lower, and have covered 14.9 mh compared to 12.6 mh at the same time last year. Jowar acreage is higher by 26.12 per cent and bajra by 28.8 per cent.
Rice, the main Kharif foodgrain, has been covered on 22.8 mh – up 6.1 per cent from 21.5 mh earlier. Sugarcane acreage is also up marginally by 2 per cent.