With speculators out of picture with the govt taking steps to prevent hoarding, and ample supplies coming to the market, prices are expected to remain stable for at least 3-4 weeks.
Rainfall will be restricted to the peninsular and north east India in the second half of Aug, says the forecast issued for about 25 days.
India may end up with a higher cotton cultivation area this year than last as farmers from top cotton-growing states have already covered the normal area.
Against an increase of 80% in wholesale prices during June, prices have remained stable and in fact declined slightly in the second half of July.
Despite the confidence of traders about a shortfall of bulb towards the end of the rainy season, move to import onions is expect to put cap on price rise.
Tomato supplies have suffered following heavy rains in north India while UP traders are now exporting potatoes to Pakistan.
Several farmers are planting shorter-duration varieties of wheat, or other crops that can be harvested by November, when the next cropping season (rabi) begin
No government agency has authentic data available about the progress in sowing after the revival of rains in the country.
Tomato prices have doubled to Rs 80 a kg in the past week, as plant diseases halved the output in Maharashtra, a major producer.
With only 20 per cent usable water in state's reservoirs, a drinking water crisis is looming large over urban as well as rural Maharashtra.
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