IMD predicts normal monsoon this year
New Delhi: The country will receive “normal” monsoon rainfall this year, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Monday, raising hopes of higher farm output and a boost to the rainsdependent rural economy.
Nearly 50% of India’s cultivable farm area depend on monsoon, making it the lifeline of the rural economy and the agriculture sector that has been lagging in the overall economic growth rate.
The monsoon will be 97% of long period average (LPA), which is normal for the season, IMD director general KG Ramesh told reporters. The error margin in the forecast is plus/minus 5%.
He said there was “very less probability” of a deficient monsoon. The four-month monsoon season from June to September provides about 75% of annual rainfall to the country.
Enthused by the Met forecast, Agriculture secretary SK Pattanayak said the country’s foodgrain production may surpass this year’s record high of 277.49 million tonne.
“The normal monsoon will boost kharif sowing that will start from June,” Pattanayak said.
Over 50% of the country’s population is dependent on farming and about 15% of the GDP comes from agriculture and allied sectors.