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Drought-hit Marathwada likely to get ‘good’ rainfall: MeT Department

There will be “above normal” monsoon this year, the Met office predicted on Tuesday, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two consecutive years of drought.

Drought-hit Marathwada-AV

Releasing its monsoon forecast for the season, IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said, “Monsoon will be 106% of the long period average (LPA). There is 94% probability that monsoon will be normal to excess this year. By and large, there will be fair distribution of monsoon across the country. But North-East India and South-East India, particularly Tamil Nadu, may get slightly less than normal rainfall.”

Drought-hit Marathwada is also likely to receive “good” rainfall, Rathore added. Anything less than 90% of the LPA is termed as a “deficient” monsoon and 90-96% of the LPA is considered as “below normal”. Monsoon is considered as “normal” if the LPA is between 96-104% of the LPA.

“Above normal” monsoon is between 104-110% of the LPA and anything beyond 110% of the LPA is considered as “excess”. Agriculture, which contributes 15% to India’s GDP and employs about 60% of the country’s population, is heavily dependent on the monsoon as only 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation.

Due to poor monsoon in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), 10 states have declared drought and the Centre has sanctioned relief package of about Rs 10,000 crore to help farmers.

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