India's summer crop planting down 6.6% from last year, likely to pick up

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India's summer crop planting down 6.6% from last year, likely to pick upIndian farmers have planted 78.8 million hectares with summer-sown crops so far, farm ministry data showed on Friday, down 6.6% from last year mainly due to a weak start to the monsoon. The outlook is better, however, as monsoon rains are expected to be plentiful in August and September. Farmers generally start planting rice, corn, cotton, soybeans, sugarcane and peanuts, among other crops, from June 1, when monsoon rains typically arrive in India.


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