The Southwest monsoon finally hit the Kerala coast on June 8. But, unlike last year, there are no major worry lines—be it for the farmer, industry or the government.
That’s because the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stuck to its original forecast of an above normal monsoon at 106% of the long period average (LPA) of 89 centimetres.
Private weather company Skymet expects it at 109% of the LPA. More important, the monsoon this year is expected to be well spread out across the 36 meteorological subdivisions. After two bad monsoons, this could well be booster shot that the agricultural sector, the government and the country at large need.