- Untimely rains and hailstorms threaten Indian winter crops such as wheat, rapeseed and chickpeas.
- Weather department warns of more rain and hailstorms in key growing states.
- Lower crop output could lift food inflation and increase edible oil imports.
- Above-normal temperatures and maturing early have already stressed winter-sown crops.
Weather threatens Indian winter crops just before harvesting
Untimely rains and hailstorms threaten Indian winter crops such as wheat, rapeseed and chickpeas, raising concerns of lower output, food inflation and increased edible oil imports.