Delayed monsoon likely to quench parched argri fields across India in the next few days

The pre-monsoon rains have hit Odisha in a big way, two days before the scheduled dates of arrival by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). However, the dry spell has been a matter of grave concern for the agri-nation.

It is predicted that end of today, the much awaited and delayed monsoon is likely to advance further over Assam, some more parts of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and parts of Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and south Gujarat.

The southwest monsoon has advanced into parts of the northern Arabian Sea, Saurashtra, and other parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra,” the Indian Meteorological Department has confirmed in an official statement to the Hindu.

Parts of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh and West Bengal were also likely to get monsoon rains over the week and “… the advance of southwest monsoon was likely over parts of northwest India, including Delhi, during 29th June to 1st July,” the statement added.

“South Gujarat districts like Valsad, Navasari, Surat and other parts received good rainfall. In central Gujarat, places like Dahod and Godhara also witnessed heavy showers,” a Gujarat government release has confirmed.

The delay in rainfall has affected many part of the agriculture cycle of sowing and harvest as well.

Industry officials have confirmed to Reuters that sowing of summer-sown crops such
as soybean, cotton, corn and pulses has been delayed in India due to the slow progress of monsoon rains in central and western parts of the country, raising concerns over output.

Rainfall in comparison to previous years has been delayed and deficit as well.

Overall, as of June 22, only 10 states and union territories (UTs) have reported normal rainfall (minus 19% to plus 19%) in the country. Eleven have reported deficient rainfall and three are in the category of large deficient. Meanwhile, eight states and UTs had excess (20% to 59%) and three had large excess rainfall (60% or more), respectively.

Uttara is a correspondent with Indoasiancommodities. You can write to her on uttara.malhotra@indoasiancommodities.in.

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