Farm secretary says late rains may boost rabi sowing

Late rains in different parts of the country are likely to boost sowing of rabi crops. The country’s rabi production may also surpass last year’s level. India had produced 137.2 million metric tonne food grain in rabi season in 2016-17(Jul-Jun). However, late rains might have caused minor damages to kharif sown crops, which the government had factored in its first advance estimate. Farmers in the country are likely to harvest 134.67 million metric tonne of kharif food grain in the current crop year, down from a record 138.52 million metric tonne harvested in 2016-17.