India’s monsoon to advance slowly; grain bowl states await rains

The key southwest monsoon that irrigates most of India’s vast northern grain bowl has slowed down and is unlikely to move faster due to lack of proper weather conditions, the Ministry of Earth Science said in a statement.

“Further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts of Rajasthan, West UP, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi & Punjab is likely to be slow as large scale features are not favourable and the forecast wind pattern by the numerical models do not indicate any favourable condition for sustained rainfall over the region during the forecast period,” it said.

India receives about 70% of its annual rainfall during the four-month rainy season, which is crucial for the country’s farm-dependent agricultural economy that employs nearly 50% of the country’s population.

A normal monsoon is imperative for the agriculture sector. It assumes even more importance this year as it could help farmers recoup losses due to the Covid pandemic ravaging the country.

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