Monsoon rains spares India’s crops from irreparable damage

July 13, 2012INDIAIndia’s monsoon rains were above average in the past week for the first time in the current season, the weather office said, as the downpours resumed after a worrying fortnight-long pause over the central part of the country. The annual rains are crucial for farm output and economic growth as about 55 percent of the South Asian nation’s arable land is rain-fed. The farm sector accounts for about 15 percent of a nearly $2-trillion economy, Asia’s third-biggest. Rains were 1 percent above average for the week ended July 11, a sharp improvement from 49 percent below average in the previous week – allaying fears of a drought, which would hit output of food crops in the major consumer and producer. Rapid progress of monsoon rains over the grain bowl of northwest India helped cover the entire country four days ahead of the usual date of July 15 although weather officials have cautioned it could remain weak until next week. “The monsoon scenario is not as bad as has been painted,” Food Minister K.V. Thomas told Reuters. Farm Minister Sharad Pawar had already said on Wednesday the rains had improved, speeding the sowing of major summer crops such as rice and cotton. Rains had been 30 percent below average from June 1 to July 4 and now that deficit has narrowed to 22 percent below average. Weather officials said the monsoon rains would be above average over the hilly regions of the north and northeast over the next three days, helping to fill reservoirs, but would decrease over northern states such as Punjab and Haryana in the grain bowl of India early next week. The revival of rains over central India increased the pace of soybean planting, which is now almost 80 percent complete in Madhya Pradesh, the main producing state for the oilseed, an industry official said. “Rains are needed even in the next week to complete the sowing operations,” said Rajesh Agrawal, spokesman for the Soybean Processors’ Association of India said. Soybean is the main oilseed crop for India, the world’s biggest importer of cooking oils and also a major supplier of soymeal to nations such as Iran, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand. Reuters
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5 Responses to Monsoon rains spares India’s crops from irreparable damage

  1. James says:

    I wish we could get more rain here. My potato and onion crops are starting to fail.


  2. Bill says:

    It would seem God’s plan and control of the weather runs in line with Asia and not the USA anymore


  3. Korheg says:

    Check out the book of Enoch, he warned that in the end times the seasons would alter.


  4. Emanni says:

    Electric-Blue Noctilucent Clouds

    This morning a vast bank of electric-blue noctilucent clouds rippled across northern Europe. “It was like water in the sky,” says Barbara Grudzinska, who photographed the display from Warsaw, Poland:

    “These are the first noctilucent clouds this year so clearly visible at our latitude in Warsaw (52 N),” says Grudzinska.

    When NLCs first appeared in the 19th century, the mysterious clouds were confined to the Arctic, most often seen in the same places as Northern Lights. In recent years, however, their “habitat” has been expanding, rippling as far south as Colorado, Virginia, Kansas, and Utah. (Here are some examples of sightings in the lower United States.) There is growing evidence that the expansion is a sign of climate change, although this remains controversial.

    Whatever the reason, noctilucent clouds aren’t just at high latitudes anymore, so sky watchers everywhere should be alert for them.


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