Monsoon delay not to affect crop sowing, says IMD chief

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New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2016 5:51 PM

Laxman Singh Rathore, IMD chief said he is sticking to the original forecast of above-average rainfall this year after two years of drought that ravaged crops.

Monsoon- sowingIndia Meteorological Department on Monday said that the late arrival of monsoon will not delay the sowing of crops and that rains are expected to make rapid progress after its advent around June 7. (Photo: Reuters)

India Meteorological Department on Monday said that the late arrival of monsoon will not delay the sowing of crops and that rains are expected to make rapid progress after its advent around June 7.

Laxman Singh Rathore, IMD chief said he is sticking to the original forecast of above-average rainfall this year after two years of drought that ravaged crops.

The Met department on Sunday predicted 6-day delay in the onset of monsoon which was scheduled to strike Kerala on June 1.

“Forecast suggests that monsoon onset over Kerala this year is likely to be slightly delayed. The Southwest monsoon is likely to set over Kerala on June 7 with a model error of plus or minus four days,” the India Metereological Department (IMD) said in its forecast released.

June 1 is the official onset date of monsoon in India when it hits Kerala.

The delay in the arrival of the monsoon is not good news for the country which is suffering due to intense heat and is eagerly waiting for the rains.

Interestingly, forecast of monsoon onset issued during the past 11 years (from 2005-2015) except 2015 has proved to be correct. This includes the error margin of plus or minus 4 days.

Rathore had said on Sunday the delay in the monsoon onset was not an “unusual” phenomenon.

Skymet, a private forecasting agency, in its forecast for monsoon onset, had said that monsoon will hit Kerala between May 28 and 30.

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