In­dia stares at 0% agri­cul­ture growth

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brought by west­ern dis­tur­bances have dam­aged 2.7 mil­lion hectares of crops this rabi sea­son. This has damp­ened any hope in the agri­cul­ture growth this year. Agri­cul­ture GDP, which grew at 2.2 per cent in last three years, was es­ti­mated to grow at 1.1 per cent this year af­ter the kharif sea­son was hit by drought. But an­a­lysts say the growth would be zero per cent this year. Of­fi­cials took the weather anom­aly into ac­count as they set out to pre­pare for the up­com­ing kharif sea­son in the first week of April. Though ini­tial fore­casts of the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment sug­gest the mon­soon would be nor­mal this year, it is not cer­tain go­ing by last year's ex­pe­ri­ence. El Nino may also wreak havoc with the weather pat­tern.

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