Near normal monsoon predicted this year

Near normal monsoon predicted this year


The India Meteorological Department has predicted that the southwest monsoon rainfall this year will be ‘near normal,’ at 96% of the benchmark long-period average (LPA).

This augurs well for the foodgrain production, but not necessarily for farmers’ income as high production in recent years has combined with rural distress. The IMD forecasts in the past two years were of normal monsoon, with the  rainfall range of 96-104% of LPA,but in both the years, rains turned out to be below normal – 95% in 2017 and 91% in 2018.

However since rain distribution of the rains was good, crops were robust in both the years with an all-time high of 284.8 million tonne in 2017-18  and 281.4 million the next year.