NE Monsoon Brings Some Cheer To TN Farmers

Chennai: | Updated: Nov 17 2003, 05:30am hrs
There is good news on the weather front for farmers in Tamil Nadu. And it may also turn out to be good for the states economy. After the let-down by the south-west monsoon, the rain gods are once again smiling at the state.

For, since the onset of the north-east monsoon in October, a majority of the districts have received normal and above normal rainfall.

According to the latest numbers published by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), out of 29 districts, only three have so far experienced deficient rainfall. However, th-ese districts, according to them, are traditionally rain-deficient. But all hope is not lost for these districts as the current spell of the NE monsoon will be active for another month, they say.

The good news, however, is that nine districts have received rainfall in excess. These include Cudallore, Erode, Nilgiris, Sal-em and Tirunelveli. The spell of the monsoon has been normal for all the remaining districts. Besides aiding the current crop, the rains may also help solve water scarcity in cities like Chennai, they feel.

The good spell of the NE rainfall is expected to go a long way in aiding crops in the region during the Samba season, which began on August and will last till November. Sowing during the initial months were not encouraging due to lack of water, but the situation is likely to change.

Crop failure during the last Kuruvai season April-July period had hit rural TN hard as farmers lost their crop due to lack of irrigation water. Reports of widespread poverty forcing farmers to eat rats had literally put the state government in a spot. The government had to come out with a slew of schemes to aid the farmers, including opening of gruel centres.