A delay in rains could hinder sowing of cotton, oilseed and pulses largely in the rain-fed regions of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
Southwest Monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast by June 4, three days after its normal onset date, the MET department today said.
Currently temperatures across most parts of the country were 5 degree Celsius above normal. A slight respite is expected in the northern region from May 30 with forecast of thunderstorm, dust storm and rain.
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Agrawal said the current prices of soybean at Rs 3,900 per quintal compared to government rate of Rs 2,700 will persuade farmers to plant more.
Forecasters say parameters have changed significantly since last month when Met Department forecast deficient rainfall.
Paddy farmers in West Bengal and Kerala have also been hit. Bengal farmers say the government is yet to announce compensation.
The agriculture ministry has been working closely with various agriculture universities and research institutes to minimise the impact of the likely deficiency in rainfall.
India received deficient rains during the four-month long monsoon season last year, which reduced grains output in the world's second-most populous country.
The drop in output is however unlikely to make an impact on retail price feel traders, with huge stocks lying with Food Corporation of India.
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