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Monsoon deficiency comes down 16 per cent, brings cheers for farmers

With a good amount of rainfall in the country during August, the rain deficiency has dropped to a great extent reviving hopes of making up for the losses that some crops were estimated to suffer.

Savita Verma   New Delhi     Last Updated: August 22, 2012  | 14:29 IST

With a good amount of rainfall in the country during August, the rain deficiency has dropped to a great extent reviving hopes of making up for the losses that some crops were estimated to suffer.

The deficiency has come down to 16 per cent, with rainfall of 532.4 mm till now as against the normal of 630.4 millimetres. North-west India still has the maximum deficiency of 25 per cent while deficiency in the south is 18 per cent.

Central India is deficient by 10 per cent and east and north-east is deficient by 15 per cent.

"The monsoon trough is very close to its normal position and there is also a low pressure area over north Madhya Pradesh and south of Uttar Pradesh. In addition there is an upper cyclonic circulation over Gujarat. All these factors have led to good rainfall," Dr L. S. Rathore, director general, India Meteorological Department said.

Areas of north-west India, which have lost on the crucial sowing time, may increase area under pulses, sesame and moth bean. However, situation of coarse cereals and pearl millet cannot improve now, Rathore said.

This rain will benefit rice and sugarcane crops.

The new forecast, issued by the met department, predicts 91 per cent rains in August and September together.

Courtesy: Mail Today

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