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Farmers distressed in Jaipur as rains continue to play truant


July 1, 2012 - Jaipur

The delay in monsoon is causing major worries to farmers here, as it is expected to affect crop production.

"Delayed monsoon would affect crop production leading to poor harvest and high inflationary prices. Not only would there be a crisis of food grains but the scarcity of fodder for our cattle would also become a reality," Rajesh Yadav, a farmer, said.

Interacting with mediapersons, Director of Meteorological Department of Jaipur, S S Singh said there was no hope of monsoon arrival till next two weeks.

"The monsoon in eastern Rajasthan arrives on July 1, and by July 15 in southeastern Rajasthan. But this time there is delay in monsoon and there is no chance of revising the situation till next week," Singh said.

Several states, including Rajasthan and Punjab, are facing drought like conditions.

The country's June to September rains are vital for agriculture and economic growth, as irrigation covers only 45 percent of the farmland.

ANI

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