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India’s Rice Farmers to Ramp Up Planting After a Delayed Start

  • Quicker planting will ease concern about a possible export ban
  • Area sown by top shipper so far has shrunk 17% from year ago

India’s slow monsoon progress has delayed rice sowing but farmers will be ramping up planting in the coming months, which will likely ease concern about a potential ban on exports.

The area planted by the top rice exporter has shrunk 17% this monsoon season through mid-July compared to a year ago. This is due to delayed rains in some eastern growing areas, said Trilochan Mohapatra, secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education.