IMD expecting normal South-West Monsoon: Sharad Pawar
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In a great relief to farmers and people facing the scorching heat, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted that the South-West Monsoon is likely to be normal, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Thursday.
The weather analytics from the Met department said, “India’s June-September monsoon rainfall is likely to be 'well distributed' and “normal”.
"IMD (India Meteorological Department) is expecting a normal monsoon as on today. But it (IMD) prefers to wait till the first week of May for the correct picture," Pawar said.
He further said, all four different weather models from different countries show normal monsoon for India.
The first monsoon forecast for the June-September period of this year will be officially released on April 26, IMD Chief LS Rathore said.
South-West Monsoon begins from June, when sowing of Kharif (summer) crops like paddy are undertaken.
The forecast report said India is likely to have the least fluctuation from normal through June-September period.
Sufficient rainfall is required in Maharasthra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan this year as these states are reeling under drought. The situation is alarming especially in Maharasthra, where drinking water and fodder availability is insufficient.
Noting that Maharasthra situation is really bad, Agriculture Secretary Ashish Bahuguna had yesterday said: "Area under sugarcane in Maharasthra is obviously going to be down. Cane area is mainly irrigated. Dams in some parts of the state are dry and sowing will depend on monsoon."
On monsoon, Bahuguna had said: "Weather plays a role but over time we have become slightly resilient to weather. So, I am not overly worried about bad weather (monsoon)."
A timely onset of rains will also help reduce the use of electricity for agricultural purposes, thus reducing the stress on the power market. Electricity generation is also likely to improve, if monsoon remains normal.