The Southwest Monsoon 2018 has ended with a rainfall deficiency of 9%, which is termed as below normal rainfall. The worst affected states were Jharkhand and Gujarat with total deficiency of 28% each. This was followed by Bihar that saw deficiency of 25% and West Bengal with 21%.
Not only this, many other agrarian states also remained rain deficient by 8%-12%. States like Andhra Pradesh was rain deficit by 12%, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by 10% each, and Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu by 8% each.
Jumping to the present scenario, in the post-Monsoon season as well states like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Gujarat are still highly rain deficit. This deficiency would directly impact the moisture available in soil that may take toll on the upcoming Rabi crops also known as the winter crops.
When these states experience good rains during Southwest Monsoon season, it helps in replenishing the lost soil moisture. And good rains in post Monsoon season proves to be more beneficial as it certainly helps in the growth of the Rabi crops.
But looking at the present situation, the four above mentioned states above are reeling under drought like conditions which may adversely affect the Rabi crops. Also, we do not expect any significant rain activity over these states during the next 10-15 days. Therefore, October is likely to end on a rain deficit note.
Its repercussions will automatically be witnessed in Rabi season, as well. Had been the irrigation facility good, then also the chances of Rabi crops being saved could be experienced. Sadly, it is not the case and they are largely rain dependent.
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