New Delhi: The monsoon will start to advance again towards Karnataka by 5 June, but the small delay caused by a cyclone is unlikely to threaten the sowing of crops, agriculture secretary P K Basu said on Wednesday.
“The cyclone has halted the monsoon’s progress in south India,” Basu told reporters referring to cyclone Phet over the Arabian sea.
But “there is no cause for concern as of now,” he added.
Weather officials had said on Tuesday that the advance of the June-September monsoon rains, which had arrived a day ahead of schedule on 31 May and are vital for farm output in India’s trillion-dollar economy, was temporarily halted.
Basu said the cyclone would bring good rains on the west coast even though the monsoon’s advance in south India had stopped.
“Gujarat and Rajasthan (are likely) to get good rains due to the cyclone,” he said.
Weather officials said they expected the cyclone to fizzle out in the next 48 hours.