Monsoon revival sees pick up in sowing in major crop-producing states

Worries about patchy rains hitting summer crop acreage and the resultant food grain shortage and farmers’ income were kept on hold, as latest Met Department data showed a smart revival of monsoon rains with nearly even distribution across the country.

Monsoon rainfall has been normal or above normal in 81% of the country as on Friday; among major states, only Kerala reported deficiency. Sowing of summer crop improved significantly in the past week, following widespread rainfall in many parts of the country.

The rainfall was 266.1 mm as against LPA (Long Period Average) of 285.3 mm in July, according to India Meteorological Department. The precipitation was 10% above LPA in June.

Pan-India precipitation was 1% below the benchmark long period average (LPA) as on Saturday, even though there was a 7% deficit in July, the wettest of the four-month season that is crucial for summer crop sowing.

Rainfall amid the monsoon’s revival since the second week of July has seen significant variation across the country. Several parts of the western Konkan coast and the southern peninsula were seeing instances of extreme rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department data on the regional distribution, the ‘South Peninsula’ has seen 29% more rain than normal for the period from June1-July 23.

For the same duration, northwest and central India have seen a 10% and 2% deficit respectively and the northeast India a 14% deficit, though this region has a higher base rainfall than other regions.

The torrential rains over the Konkan coast are likely to continue for the rest of the week due to the position of the monsoon trough. Isolated extremely heavy falls are also very likely over Konkan and Goa and adjoining Ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during July 23-24, with a reduction thereafter and over coastal and south interior Karnataka,” said an update from the agency. July and August are the most important monsoon months contributing over two-third of the seasonal rainfall and central India as well as the south Peninsula are expected to see most of the rainfall during this interim. However, climate scientists have warned that monsoon patterns, overall have been changing.

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