The southwest monsoon will hit Kerala by Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Skymet insists monsoon has already reached southern India while official forecaster IMD says it will hit Kerala in next 48 hours.
The government is geared up to face any challenges if rains are weak, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said. "Monsoon arrival will be clear in the coming days.
As per IMD, moderate thunder squalls are likely in some areas in J&K, HP, Uttarakhand, north Haryana, west UP, Bihar, WB and Sikkim in the next 24 hours.
The agriculture ministry has made frantic preparations and planned for short-duration crops that can withstand low rainfall.
Indian farmers are revising their sowing strategy and cropping patterns as they look to make the most of the rain they’ll get during June-September.
Pre-monsoon rains have been lashing Kerala and expected to become more widespread over the next few days, with monsoon barely days away.
To begin with, some are looking to cultivate crops that will require less water such as cotton, guar, jowar, pulses, maize and soyabean.
"I have spoken to government officials and feel GM technology is important. If it is very essential then we will implement it," Singh said.
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