Heavy rain hits Indian harvests

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Lower yields predicted in parts of country.

HEAVY October rains and more expensive seeds are likely to affect the potato harvest of the Uttar Pradesh area in India, according to a report in country's Free Press Journal. 

Growers were forced to sow for a second time after the heavy rain damaged the seeds, giving rise to concerns that there will be a lower harvest.

After the rains, potato seeds almost doubled in price, while there is uncertainty over potato rates, leaving growers further discouraged. The State Government is being urged to supply potato seed as it did last year. Input costs such as fuel and fertilisers have also increased, adding to grower challenges, and as a result some are turning to alternative crops.

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Source: www.freepressjournal.in    Photo: Geetanjal Khanna

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