Monsoon advances to key grain-producing region

Monsoon advances to key grain-producing region

New Delhi: Monsoon rains have advanced into the country’s key grain-producing states of Punjab and Haryana, continuing its rapid revival after falling 16% short of normal in June.

The June-September monsoon, the main source of water for summer-sown crops such as soybean, rice, cotton and corn, is forecast to progress further, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

While soybean-producing central regions received heavy rainfall in the past week, Uttar Pradesh, India’s biggest cane producer, has seen scanty rains so far.

The weather office said monsoon rains, which hit India’s southern coast on 31 May, a day before normal, have covered almost the entire country up to its northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, while some parts of Rajasthan were still dry.

“Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into the remaining parts of Rajasthan during next 48 hours," it said.

The weather office has also forecast widespread rains in Uttar Pradesh in the days ahead.