Season’s rainfall surplus increases by 4 percentage points to 28% and filled up reservoirs with 46% more water than they normally hold at this time of the year.
Despite the strong surge in rainfall in most parts of India, the situation is troublesome in the country’s most populous state.
The weather office has forecast a 12% shortfall in this year’s monsoon, but rainfall has been 23% above average so far, which augurs well for agriculture .
DS Pai, IMD said the moderate El Nino conditions currently prevailing are likely to reach moderate to strong level during the monsoon season and continue till early part of the next year.
The US Navy’s meteorologists said there is a “moderate” chance that the cluster of clouds over the Arabian Sea would turn into a cyclone.
Monsoon races to Kashmir from Kanyakumari: Equatorial system of clouds & conditions in Indian Ocean may back plentiful rains
Monsoon has already delivered 16% excess rainfall since the start of the season on June 1, and is expected to remain strong at least until the end of the month.
Agriculture is no more aggrieved: Planting gathers pace, water level in reservoirs 39% higher than 10 year average
While rainfall in July is critical for farm production, the monsoon’s performance has been promising so far despite the forecast of a 12 per cent seasonal deficit.
States like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh likely to see 15% increase in pulses acreage after MSP hike, bonus
Farmers growing soyabean and cotton are expected to move to sowing pulses largely in the rainfed region.
The weather office and private weather forecasters from Skymet to Weather Express are seeing a jump in traffic on their websites.
Despite the forecast of a deficient monsoon, coupled with its poor start, farmers are trying to maximise their returns.
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