Good rains likely from July 13-14; Chouhan reviews dry special in MP
BHOPAL: There is strong
possibility of good rains in Madhya Pradesh from July 13 or 14, informed Director
Meteorology Centre Dr Anupam Kashyapi at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chouhan here on Thursday.
The Chief Minister had
convened this meeting at Vidhan Sabha to consider situation arising of dry
spell and chalking out a strategy accordingly. Dr Kashyapi was specially
invited to the meeting to give presentation on monsoon situation.
While discussing rains
in the country and Madhya Pradesh Dr Kashyapi informed that monsoon has not
reached 17 percent areas this year. Much less rains have been registered in the
country till date whereas 242.5 mm rains were registered last year during this
Monsoon is strong in
north-eastern India whereas dry spell continues in central India. Western
Madhya Pradesh is worst-hit. He informed that normal rains have been registered
only in Rewa and Sidhi while 18 districts have not witnessed rain fall till
According to latest
reports, it is raining in eastern Madhya Pradesh and monsoon is also becoming
active in western Madhya Pradesh. Monsoon is becoming stronger gradually in
north-western Madhya Pradesh and will be fully active in entire Madhya Pradesh
within a couple of days.
Dr Kashyapi informed
the Chief Minister about arrival of monsoon and its intensity can be informed
2-3 hours earlier through Doppler radar so that people become alert.
Chief Minister Chouhan
directed concerning officers to keep in touch with farmers in view of monsoon
arrival situation. Field staff should also be alerted. Seeds should be kept in
readiness. Farmers should not face any difficulty since every single day is
very precious after delay in monsoon arrival.
He directed to keep
ready seeds of fast-ripening crops of soybean, maize etc. The Chief Minister
said that maximum agriculture-related works under MNREGA should be undertaken
at the earliest and wages paid to labourers.
The meeting was
informed that arrangements have been made for fast-ripening seeds of moong,
soybean, arhar, urad, maize, paddy, sesame, kodu, kutki and millet. Adequate
funds are being given to every district with which they can make available
seeds immediately to primary cooperative societies. Crop loans worth Rs. 5.50
thousand crore are being extended to farmers through cooperative banks.