He said mild hail at isolated places in the north might not have a big impact on the standing wheat and mustard crop but if the showers are heavy, it might.
"The rains would reappear from March 11 and last till March 14," Sharma added.
In 2015, the standing crop on 19 million hectares was damaged due to unseasonal rain and hail on almost all parts of north and central India. These started around the same time— the end of February to early March. Though, it did not have much of an impact on the final output, it did aggravate distress in rural India.
P K Joshi, South Asia director at the International Food Policy Research Institute, said mild showers could in fact be good for the standing wheat crop in north and central India. However, if accompanied by heavy hailstorm, as had happened last year, it might damage the crop.
As per second advance estimate of food grain production, India is expected to produce around 94 million tonnes of wheat in the current rabi season, about seven mt more than last year. Mustard production is expected at 6.83 mt, marginally more than last year.
Unseasonal rain may damage wheat, mustard
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