- April 15, 2019
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Daily News
- India is likely to receive average monsoon rains in 2019, the India Meteorological Department said on 15 Apr 19, raising expectations of higher farm and economic growth in Asia’s third-biggest economy, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.
- Monsoon rains are expected to be 96% of a long-term average, M. Rajeevan, secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences, told a news conference.
- The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.
- The monsoon is critical to India’s agriculture as it accounts for more than 70% of the country’s annual rainfall and fills reservoirs that help irrigate crops. It shapes the livelihood of millions and influences food prices.
- Deficient showers in the country, the world’s second-biggest producer of rice, wheat and cotton, often leads to lower crop output and higher imports of commodities like edible oils.
- The IMD will issue second stage forecast in the first week of Jun 19.