As of now, the deficiency in rainfall is 22% and it will fill up in the coming days, as monsoon is likely to improve in the eastern, central and Indo-Gangetic plains says the IMD
New Delhi: Monsoon deficiency is expected to narrow down in the coming days with rains likely to improve in the eastern, central and Indo-Gangetic parts of the country, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday, reports PTI.
"As of now, deficiency is 22%. The deficiency will fill up in the coming days, as monsoon is likely to improve in the eastern, central and Indo-Gangetic plains," IMD Director General LS Rathore told reporters in the capital after meeting with Food Minister KV Thomas.
Although the monsoon is not active, it is not sluggish either he said, adding that the eastern coast, central India and north east are getting fairly good rains. Even Maharashtra and parts of peninsula are having rain.
"The only concern is north west India and interior peninsula," Rathore said.
On the likely impact of deficient rains on kharif crops, Rathore said, "There is concern about coarse cereals and situation of rest crops is fine."
India had produced a record 252.56 million tonnes of foodgrains in 2011-12 crop year (July-June) on good monsoon last year.
Monsoon rains are crucial for the agriculture sector, which contributes about 15% to the country's GDP, as only 40% of the total cultivable area is under irrigation.
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