1. Monsoon in India: As Kerala braces for rain, farmers, economists hope for windfall agrarian gains

Monsoon in India: As Kerala braces for rain, farmers, economists hope for windfall agrarian gains

Monsoon in India: South-west monsoon is set to hit Kerala today even as the Indian Meteorological Department said that conditions are favourable for onset of the rainy season in India.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 12:24 PM
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Monsoon in India: South-west monsoon is set to hit Kerala today even as the Indian Meteorological Department said that conditions are favourable for onset of the rainy season in India. While south Kerala has already started receiving rains, northern part of the state will get more from today onwards, accoding to PTI report. Earlier, the IMD had predicted that the monsoon this year could be normal and bring 96 per cent rainfall in the coutry. A good and favourable monsoon will certainly boost the country’s economy as well as farm sector. On the other hand, a weak monsoon could dent the Narendra Modi government’s growth plans. Already farm sector in the country witnessed two-consecutive droughts in 2014-15 and 2015-16, say reports.

The prospects of having good monsoon have arisen because of the reduction of El-Nino, the IMD had said. The monsoon could reach 96 per cent of the long period average (LPA). However, last year, the IMD had made an initial forecast of above normal rainfall, but it belied its prediction and the season ended with normal precipitation. At that time, the southern peninsula had registered deficient rainfall and several parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala reeled under drought-like situation, according to PTI report.

Eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan had said that a normal monsoon this year will definitely prove to be a boost for the farm sector. He, however, had said that good prices and market opportunities are equally important to ensure better income for farmers. Swaminathan, who is regarded as the father of India’s Green Revolution, said that one should not think of the monsoon in isolation but link it with the market.

Meanwhile Mavelikkara (Alappuzha) and Vaikom (Kottayam) each received six cm of rain and Kochi witnessed five cm rainfall yesterday. Enamackel and Irinjalakuda (Thrissur) besides Quilandy (Kozhikode) were among the areas which received three cm of rain. Thiruvananthapuram city, Minicoy and Peermade (Idukki) each received one cm of rain.

Rain and thundershowers are most likely to occur at most places in Kerala in the next five days. Strong winds from westerly direction with speed occasionally exceeding 45-55 kmph are likely off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep.

Pre-monsoon showers in different parts of the country has already brought maximum temperatures down. Delhi had witnessed rain yesterday. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 7.8 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM while areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 4.6 mm, 6.6 mm, 3.5 mm and 5.2 mm rains respectively during the period.

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