Paddy acreage up 4.5% on year on good monsoon progress.

India kharif paddy acreage was up 4.5% on year at 1.67 million hectares due to good progress of monsoon rains across major growing regions. Southwest monsoon rains have been near normal so far and according to the India Meteorological Department, the currents are likely to cover most parts of the country in the next two to three days. Typically, monsoon covers the entire country by Jul 15.