Monsoon revives after weakest first month of season in five years
NEW DELHI: Monsoon
rain revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month
of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on
A late surge in the
monsoon rain has come as a relief to farmers who can now begin to plant summer
crops such as rice, corn, cane, soybean and cotton.
“The monsoon has
revived in many parts of central and north India,” said BP Yadav, head of the
National Weather Forecasting Centre at the India Meteorological Department.
India, one of the
world's top producers and consumers of rice, corn, cooking oil, sugar and
cotton, relies heavily on the summer rains as nearly half of its farmland is
July, the second
month of the monsoon season, usually receives the maximum rainfall, accounting
for about a third of the seasonal rainfall. Summer sowing activities pick up
during the month as the monsoon rains cover the entire the country.