New Delhi: South-west monsoon on Monday inched
further bringing showers to some more parts of Maharashtra,
Chhatisgarh, Orissa and parts of Gangetic West Bengal.
However, a senior weather scientist warned of a slight
delay in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand
but made it clear that it would have no impact on the kharif
The South-West monsoon has been active over Orissa,
Vidarbha, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Kerala, the
weather office said.
In Delhi, officials from the India Meteorological
Department (IMD) briefed Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on
the monsoon situation across the country.
As of June 11, cumulative seasonal rainfall for the
country as a whole this year has been 7 per cent below the
Long Period Average (LPA).
Out of 36 meteorological subdivisions, the rainfall has
been excess over nine, normal over seven and deficient or
scanty over 20 sub-divisions, the weather office said.
"The monsoon is delayed in few states such as MP, UP,
Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh by five days. The delay is
not due to cyclone Phet. It is a natural phenomenon. It will
surely advance and the delay will not impact kharif crops,"
L S Rathore, Head of IMD`s Agromet Division, told reporters
The monsoon is tipped to cover southern parts of Gujarat
and Chhattisgarh, parts of Orissa and Gangetic West Bengal,
entire Sikkim and parts of Jharkhand and east Bihar during the
next three days.
Monsoon rains are considered the lifeline of Indian
agriculture and are vital for kharif crops such as paddy,
sugarcane, oilseeds and pulses.
Last year, almost half of the country faced severe
drought due to failure of monsoon. As a result, India`s
foodgrain production declined to 218.19 million tonnes in
2009-10 crop year from a record 234.47 million tonne in the
In April, the IMD had forecast normal monsoon rains for
the four-month season beginning June 1.