The south-west monsoon rains entered eastern Uttar Pradesh and parts of Bihar on Tuesday, which would lead to its arrival in Delhi and other northern regions in the next couple of days.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the country as whole has received 23% more rainfall than the normal till now which would help in kharif sowing activities in the next few weeks.
“Conditions are favourable for further advance of south-west monsoon into remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Rajasthan during next two to three days,” IMD said in its latest bulletin.
According to IMD, the quantum of rainfall during June 1-23 has been 136.4 millimetres, which is above the normal by 23% from the benchmark of 110.8 mm arrived on the basis of a 50-year average shower.
On the region wise distribution of rainfall, the central India has observed maximum amount of rain and is surplus by a huge 51% of benchmark while the south peninsular has experienced 33% more rainfall than normal so far. The east and northeast regions have received 4% more rainfall than the normal. However rainfall in the northwest region is deficient by 7%, largely due to less rain in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the private weather forecaster Skymet said a western disturbance will start affecting the western Himalayas and adjoining plains of north India from Tuesday night and the depression, bringing good showers over entire north India.
“The rainfall so far this year has been better than expected. The kharif sowing is in progress in most states and will gather momentum in the next couple of weeks,” an agriculture ministry official said.
At present, the ministry has been sending regular advisories through state agriculture universities advising farmers to undertake sowing operation in accordance with rainfall conditions in local areas.
Key pulses and oil seeds growing regions — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Saurahstra, Kutch, etc., have received either normal or excess rainfall so far.
Most of the key rice growing states which contribute to central grain pool — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Odisha have received normal or excess rainfall so far. Punjab and Haryana have got deficient rainfall till now. Besides, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have received deficient or scantly rainfall.