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August rain deficit won’t affect agriculture

Rains in July and August have guaranteed healthy kharif sowing, says IMD

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Publish Date: Sep 2 2016 6:02PM | Updated Date: Sep 2 2016 6:02PM

August rain deficit won’t affect agriculture

 The rainfall in India was 8.5 percent less than normal in the month of August, with the monsoon weakening in the second half of the month, particularly in south India and the northeast.

 
As per ‘The Times of India’ report, shortfall in August has affected the general monsoon. Till Thursday, the season's collective rainfall stood at 2% below the long period average, making it doubtful that the meteorological department's "above normal" monsoon prediction for this year would be realised.
 
But weak turn in monsoon may not affect the agricultural output of the country, as plentiful  rains in July and early August have guaranteed healthy kharif sowing. 
 
Till last week, data showed the total sown area so far this year was almost 5 percent higher than the same  period in 2016.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said numerous factors weakened monsoon in the latter half of August.