India: Earthquake - Jan 2001
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Harvesting of wheat crop is underway and planting of coarse grains and Kharif rice for harvest in September/November has also begun. According to India Meteorological Department, the southwest monsoon rainfall for 2001 is likely to be normal. The cumulative rainfall for the period March 1 to May 16, 2001 has reportedly been normal in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Orissa. However, rainfall over Gujarat region and Saurastra and Kutch remained highly deficient. Under normal conditions, the monsoon season starts in early June and continues through September.
Due to drought in some of the country's main wheat producing states, the wheat crop, to be harvested in the next few weeks, is expected to be considerably down, some 5 to 7 million tonnes from last year's record crop of 75.5 million tonnes. The area under wheat is reported to have declined by some three million hectares, from 27.4 million hectares in 2000, principally in rain fed states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and parts of Maharashtra.