The rainfall deficit over the country reduced to 23% in the week ended 2 September from last week’s 25%. This was primarily due to improved rainfall over the north-west and central India. However, despite good rainfall, reservoir levels in key reservoirs remained at two-thirds of the 10-year average, and 60% of last year’s levels.
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Because of the deficient rainfall between June and September, good water storage level in these key reservoirs, which makes up one-third of the country’s total water storage, are crucial to a good winter crop.
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