AFP 2012-07-13 17:11:16
An Indian farmer plants rice paddy near Narimanpura village, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad, on July 13, 2012. Annual monsoon rains, crucial to India's economy, covered the country on July 11 but remained 23 percent below average, sparking fears of their impact on two cereal-producing states. The pounding rains that sweep across the continent from June to September are dubbed the "economic lifeline" of India, which is one of the world's leading producers of rice, sugar, wheat and cotton. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY
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