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India's poor harvests lead to job losses at manufacturers

As onion prices rise, demand for motorbikes falls and Honda suspends operations

Prolonged rains have pushed onion yields down an estimated 30%, causing prices for the key ingredient to soar and leaving rural consumers with little cash. (Photo by Moyuru Baba)

NEW DELHI -- Freakish weather and poor harvests are taking a toll on India's rural areas, where consumer spending earlier this year slowed so drastically that the government decided not to release the numbers.

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