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Crop sowing accelerates on surplus monsoon rains

Ample monsoon rainfall in June accelerated planting of main crops such as rice and cotton, though the current dry spell could slow down the pace of sowing in coming weeks.

There are about 7,000 mandis in the country regulated under the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act.
Prabhu Pingali, Founding Director of Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative says the food security approach is skewed with focus on staples.
Weather forecasters are not convinced and have warned of severe dryness in the autumn months.

The government will spend Rs 50,000 crore over the next five years under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.
According to IMD, the revival of monsoon rains in the grain bowl of northwest and central regions should help speed up the sowing of main summer crops.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has revised its monsoon forecast for 2015 from below normal to deficit.
The agency has also downplayed the El-Nino factor, saying the chances of the phenomenon affecting rainfall were remote.