Mon­soon en­ters last leg with 12% short­fall

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Zia Haq zia.haq@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The south­west mon­soon has been able to beat back a pow­er­ful El Nino, a dreaded weather pat­tern, and farm­ers quickly adapted with the right crops, help­ing In­dia es­cape a ma­jor drought this year, ac­cord­ing to Met depart­ment’s ini­tial anal­y­sis and farm min­istry data.

Yet, the June-Septem­ber mon­soon, about to en­ter its last leg, has been 12% de­fi­cient, pre­cisely the ex­tent of short­fall pre­dicted by the Met depart­ment. That’s quite an un­der­per­for­mance, which means farm out­put and growth are likely to be av­er­age. The Met had forecast the mon­soon to be 88% of the av­er­age of 89cm (35 inches). This denotes a “de­fi­cient” mon­soon, one level lower than the milder “be­low nor­mal” cat­e­gory. It is con­sid­ered nor­mal if it is within 94-106%.

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