India stares at 0% agriculture growth
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.