India sees less rice planting due to poor rainfall and 'dwarfing' disease

Rice planting is down 13 per cent in the first week of August, leading to speculation about a potential shortfall. PHOTO: REUTERS
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NEW DELHI - After its wheat output was affected by a heatwave, India is now grappling with reduced rice planting due to poor rainfall and a mysterious "dwarfing" disease affecting padis that could potentially have global ramifications.

The South Asian country is the largest rice exporter globally with a market share of 40 per cent. It exported 17.71 million tonnes of rice last year to 150 countries.

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