With the onset of South-West monsoon, the government expects sowing operations to gain momentum that will lead to higher production this year after two successive droughts.
After a delay of almost seven days, Southwest Monsoon finally hit Kerala today. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected an “above normal” rainfall this year.
“The monsoon is arriving at almost the same time as IMD predicted. We are hopeful and optimistic that there will be higher sowings and a very good production this year. Overall, this will be good year for agriculture,” Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Patnaik told PTI.
India’s foodgrains production stood at around 252 million tonnes (MT) during the 2015-16 and 2014-15 crop years (July- June).
Stating that the government has constructed large number of water harvesting structures for storage of water, the Secretary said the above normal monsoon would fill these reservoirs that will be helpful for the farmers.
“…the government had already announced the higher MSP and and now higher output is expected …the arrival of monsoon will further add to farmers’ income,” Patnaik added.