Agri Business

India gets 35 per cent below-average rainfall this week: IMD

Reuters MUMBAI | Updated on July 24, 2019

Madhya Pradesh received 67 per cent less than average rainfall in the week

The monsoon rains were 35 per cent below average in the week ending on Wednesday, with little rainfall over the central, western and northern parts of the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, raising concerns over the output of kharif crops.

Monsoon rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth as about 55 per cent of India’s arable land is rain-supplied, and agriculture forms about 15 per cent of a $2.5 trillion economy — that is the third biggest in Asia.

The biggest soybean growing central state of Madhya Pradesh received 67 per cent less rainfall than average in the week, while top cotton producing Gujarat received 47 per cent less, data from the IMD showed.

Overall, India has received 19 per cent less rain than average since the monsoon season began on June 1.

Published on July 24, 2019

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