Monsoon to cover Maharashtra, MP by first week of July

Monsoon to cover Maharashtra, MP by first week of July
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First Published: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 01 13 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 01 13 PM IST
Mumbai: India’s south-west monsoon, which has been stalled since 7 June, may revive around 20 June and spread over Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh by the first week of July, a weather official who declined to be named said.
“Once it gets revived and strengthened it will go up to central India without much problem....by first week of July it should cover (Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh),” a director with India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are major producers of soybean, cotton, sugarcane, corn and pulses.
The monsoon is crucial for India’s summer-sown crops, which accounted for 52% of the estimated food crop output of 229.85 million tonnes in the year to June 2009.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 18 2009. 01 13 PM IST
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