‘Normal monsoon to help achieve agri output’

| | New Delhi

Enthused by Met Department’s forecast of a normal monsoon, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak today said the country’s foodgrain production may surpass this year’s record high of 277.49 million tonne (MT).

Southwest monsoon is the lifeline of India’s agriculture as well as overall economy. Over 50 per cent of the country’s population is dependent on farming and about 15 per cent of the GDP comes from agriculture and allied sectors.

Rains are crucial for farmers as more than 50 per cent of the cultivable farm area is unirrigated.

“The normal monsoon will boost kharif sowing that will start from June. We expect foodgrain output to surpass this year’s record,” Pattanayak told PTI.

There will be slight deficiency of monsoon rains in southern peninsular and north eastern parts for a month, but that would be recovered, he said.

The normal monsoon forecast augurs well for agriculture and the overall economy, he added.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today projected southwest monsoon to be 97 per cent of

long period average (LPA), which is normal for the season.

Pattanayak said monsoon rains would be deficient in southern interior parts of poll-bound Karnataka. However, reservoirs in the state are expected to be full as rains in southern peninsular are likely to be normal.

For the ongoing 2017-18 crop year that will end in June, the agriculture ministry has pegged overall foodgrain output at 277.49 MT, as against 275.11 MT last year.



Sunday Edition

View All

Quake measuring 3.7 on Richter scale felt in south Gujarat

22 Apr 2018 | PTI | Ahmedabad

A mild tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt in parts of south Gujarat, including Bharuch and Surat districts, though no damage was reported, officials said...

Read More


View All

Prefabricated schools buildings in Kanker dist

22 Apr 2018 | Staff Reporter | Kanker

The District Project Office, Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Kanker had given a proposal under District Mineral Fund (DMF) for installation/ construction of special prefabricated school building structure for eight Primary and one Upper Primary Schools functioning at various locations of Antagarh, officials informed. The proposal has been sanctioned and now it is intended to start the work as soon as possible and complete it before the start of new academic session,...

Read More

Page generated in 0.2241 seconds.