India sees less rice planting due to deficient rainfall and disease

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┬áthat 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.