India’s farmers wait for more monsoon rains as crops struggle, food prices rise

Washington Post: Kancharu Pawar, a 51-year-old farmer, gazed despondently at his soybean crop. The plants are only just poking out of the soil, even though it is halfway through the four-month rainy season. "It should be two feet high by now, but it's not even coming off the ground,' he said. "There is no growth in the plants. There is no rain.' India's monsoon rains, which run from June to September, so far are a fifth below average levels. Western India has been worst hit, with rains as much as 70 percent......

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