Delay in monsoon won't affect sowing of crops: MET

| Monday, May 16, 2016 - 21:43
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Delay in monsoon won't affect sowing of crops: MET

New Delhi: The late arrival of the monsoon will not delay crop sowing and rains are expected to make rapid progress after their arrival around June 7, according to the MET department.
Monsoon rains, the lifeblood for agriculture-dependent India, typically arrive on the southern tip of Kerala state by around June 1 and cover the entire country by mid-July.
On Sunday the IMD said the monsoon would arrive by June 7. Heavy rains have lashed southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the past few days and showers are expected to hit interior areas of Karnataka state in the next few days. Millions of farmers plant rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybean crops in the rainy season of June and July. Harvesting starts from October.
The weather office last month said El Nino a warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean that can lead to dry spells in South Asia is fading. The monsoon season delivers about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall. It is critical for the country's 263 million farmers because nearly half of their farmland lacks irrigation.
Bountiful rains could keep a lid on inflation and also encourage the Reserve Bank of India to cut interest rates after the central bank in April eased its repo rate by 25 basis points to its lowest in more than five years.

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