Ministry of Agriculture defying claims : No Drought in the country

The year passed has been a good monsoon year but it had some exceptions in the southern peninsula, where population had been grappling with draught like situations. Lately many news reports have been published regarding drought warning for 225 districts in 17 States. But according to the Ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, these are factually incorrect. According to the release, The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has been monitoring regularly the agricultural situation in the States. During the current monsoon season, the monsoon rains have been normal i.e. 738.8 mm against the normal of 782.2 mm as on 10.09.2017. The overall rainfall in the country is in the category of normal (-6%).

The main points highlighted from the report has given a stable situation of agriculture and rainfall in the country. The monsoon season in the country is from 1st June to 30th September. Many States particularly, NE States are receiving heavy monsoon rains. The kharif crops coverage in almost all the States have been satisfactory and the rains during the period from 1-10 September, 2017 in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand have improved moisture in the soil. This wide distribution of rainfall has brightened the prospects of kharif production in current season.

During 2017-18, the area sown under all kharif crops is 1041.17 lakh hectares against the normal of corresponding period of 1014.00 lakh hectares as on 08.09.2017. However, some areas experienced deficit rains after sowing of kharif crops. The States have already started assessment of impact of less rain in such areas. The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has already given advisories to the States for life saving irrigation, in case of moisture stress. Though, there is deficit rainfall reported in 95 districts but sowing is normal and satisfactory. The current rainfall in first fortnight of September in many States will improve the situation. The yield is expected to be same as of last year. There is no drought like situation as per the ministry.

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