Late rains revive kharif outlook

MONSOON WATCH Surinder Sud / New Delhi August 1, 2008, 22:15 IST Monsoon is back in almost all the rain-starved areas of the peninsula, Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. As a result, there has been a dramatic change in the overall kharif crop outlook. Conditions are turning favourable for planting paddy, the main crop, as well as pulses, oilseeds and even cotton.