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2009

459 million hit by drought

In 12 states there are 299 districts which have been declared by their state governments as affected by drought.

We know which districts these are, and the central and state governments have announced repeatedly since September 2009 what measures are being taken to lessen the impacts of crop losses and livelihood shock.

Minimum support prices 2009-10

The Ministry has released the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for kharif, rabi and other crops. Here is the list:

 Ministry of Agriculture - Minimum Support Prices

District rainfall data - IMD's Ganesha moment

The IMD seems to have at last been galvanised into organising and delivering more data. The Met Dept has suffered from paranoia for years, guarding its numbers like they're state secrets. Two days ago, they began posting district rainfall data organised state-wise. This is useful. The first set of numbers inexplicably leaves out West Bengal, but we hope they'll correct that omission soon.

First indication of rain deficit impact on crop production

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has made what sounds to me like a realistic forecast of crop production. Also, the Fourth Advance estimates have just been released (I will post them here as soon as I can). This is the PTI report which quotes CMIE:

Fourth crop estimate 2009-10

 

The Fourth Advance estimates for food and commercial crops have been released by Min Agri. For 2009-10 the data is in this post. For earlier data send me an email - <makanaka@pobox.com>

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