India: Paddy nurseries delayed by 7-10 days, say farmers

Economic Times (June 26, 2012) | Planting of paddy nurseries, that are later transplanted to the fields, has been delayed by 7-10 days all over north and easrtern India as farmers wait for monsoon to pick up pace. In parts of Uttar Pradesh, farmers have shifted to agro-forestry, growing eucalyptus and burma teak to reduce weather risk. Paddy is the biggest foodgrain crop of the kharif season and government expects this year’s harvest to cross 100 million tonnes for the second consecutive year.