Monsoon rain gap widens to 29%

Monsoon rain gap widens to 29%

New Delhi: India’s monsoon rainfall deficit since 1 June widened to 29% on 10 August, weighed down by the continuing dry phase in the soybean-growing central region, government sources said on Wednesday.

The seasonal rains were 28% deficient until 9 August. The shortfall in rains over the soybean-growing region of central India widened by 1 percentage point to 20%, the sources said.

A top government scientist said that the sugarcane crop had already suffered, but the soybean crop could still withstand the dry spell as it was planted late.

“The sugarcane crop has been hit badly but the soybean crop was planted late and it will gain from rains we are expecting soon," the scientist in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters.

The weather office has forecast good rains in cane and soybean regions in the next few days.

The June-September rains were 42% short until 10 August over the cane-growing region of northwest India, the same as the rainfall quantum until the previous day.