New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday said Manipur and Jharkhand have been declared drought-hit states due to scanty monsoon rains.
“During 2009-10, the Manipur government has declared all the districts in the state as drought affected,” minister of state for agriculture K V Thomas said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Jharkhand has declared four districts as drought affected, he said, adding that states announce a drought emergency taking into account various factors like rainfall deficiency and the status of sowing operations.
As reported by the India Meteorological Department, the country has received 151 mm of rainfall upto 8 July against the normal rainfall of 234.7 mm, he added.
Presently, a delay of one to two weeks in the arrival of monsoon in certain states such as Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa has been observed, leading to late sowing of kharif crops like rice. However, sowing has gained momentum with the revival of monsoon in various parts of the country, the minister said.
Rice, maize, bajra, pulses and oilseeds are few crops grown in the Kharif season.