Monsoon below normal in past week, rice yield may suffer

So far this week, monsoon has been 9 percent less in regions across south and east India which primarily produces rice and cotton.

Monsoons hit India this year 3 days ahead of schedule on 29th May. But ever since, it’s progress has not been as predicted by the met department. The Met officials had earlier predicted a normal monsoon this year, but already signs of delay are visible.

Progress of monsoon across Central India has been delayed by three days. Last week, monsoon was above average over southern India and West. Though it’s quite early to say if the rains this year will affect crop yields, it all depends on rainfall during the mid-July season.

Met Dept says it will now have to wait till next week before predicting the monsoon season for this year.

Meanwhile, a low pressure area is forming over the Orissa-west Bengal coast, which may bring heavy to very heavy rainfalls in North Orissa and South Orissa. Sea condition will also remain rough and fishermen have been advised not to go out into the sea.

You can track the changes in Indian weather here.

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