Indian Monsoon Expected Around June, Says Government Official | India News
Representative image of the Delhi monsoon.
NEW DELHI: Monsoon The rains that mark the start of the four-month rainy season are likely to enter India via the southern coast around June 1, in line with typical patterns, a senior government official said on Thursday.
“This is an early indication”, Madhavan rajeevan, secretary of the earth science ministryhe said in a tweet.
India’s meteorological bureau will issue its official forecast for the start of this year’s monsoon on May 15, Rajeevan said.
Almost half of India’s agricultural land, which has no irrigation cover, relies on annual rains from June to September to produce crops such as rice, corn, sugarcane, cotton and soybeans.
India’s meteorological bureau said last month that the country was expected to receive average monsoon rains this year, raising expectations for increased agricultural production, which is critical to the country’s economy.
Last year, India’s monsoon rains, which typically reach the southern tip of Kerala state around June 1 and the withdrawal from the desert state of Rajasthan in September were above average for the second year in a row, the first time in more than six decades.
Monsoon rains last year replenished soil moisture and resulted in higher crop yields.