With Delhi and its adjoining areas receiving moderate to heavy pre-monsoon showers and the southwest winds active over Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand, the planting of key kharif crops, such as paddy, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane and cotton, is set to get a boost.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said monsoon was expected to hit northern states over the next few days. “The conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into the remaining parts of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, most parts of Madhya Pradesh and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan during the next 3-4 days,” IMD said in its latest weather statement.
According to IMD, monsoon rainfall during June 1-20 has been 100.9 mm, which exceeds the normal by 11%. In fact, key pulse and oilseed growing regions — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Saurahstra and Kutch — have received either normal or excess rainfall so far.
Some of the rice-growing states contributing to the central grain pool — Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Chhattisgarh and Odisha — have received normal or excess rains so far. However, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have received deficient rainfall.