Published On: Thu, Jul 11th, 2019

Poor monsoon could risk summer crops this year

The output of summer-sown crops could be at risk this year due to poor monsoon in the central and western regions.

According to a weather department official, in the next two weeks, there will be below-average rainfall in the areas where soybean and cotton are grown.

Summer crops are planted in June and July in India. It is just after the arrival of monsoon rains.

India is an economy of $2.5 trillion, third largest in Asia, and agriculture accounts for about 15 percent of it. More than half of the country’s arable land is rain-fed and so monsoon rains are crucial for economic growth.

The India Meteorological Department official added, “Weather model is showing a deficiency in rainfall over central and western India in next two weeks… The northeast and foothills of Himalaya could get good rainfall.”

India received poor rainfall for more than a week. Data reveals the rainfall this season was just 28 percent more than the average of the past fifty years.

The deficit could widen up if the rain is not enough in the next two weeks.

The damages of last year’s drought are still in the recovering phase. Some of the municipalities like Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai were forced to announce cut in water supplies.

Poor monsoon could risk summer crops this year

Monsoon arrived late by a week this year in Kerala and the gap was further widened due to Cyclone Vayu in the Arabian Sea.

SMC Contrade Ltd. assistant vice president Vandana Bharti said, “The next two weeks are crucial. Rainfall deficiency during this period could hit productivity of summer crops.”

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