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Climate change may improve harvests in parts of India

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Climate change could increase cocoa, coconut and areca nut production in the Indian state of Kerala, according to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. Catches of oil sardines during the post-southwest monsoon season are also predicted to improve.

Areca nut production in central Kerala is expected to benefit from a combination of higher temperatures and a 10 percent reduction in rainfall during July and August, while cocoa production is projected to increase by about 220 pounds of dried beans per 2.5 acres.

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide and higher temperatures will also help coconut harvests in parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra; however, a decline in production is predicted in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, and parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The report's findings are dependent on proper crop management and irrigation in the future (K.S. Sudhi, Hindu, June 5). -- LJ

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