Monsoon enters last leg with 12% shortfall
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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