India's unpredictable monsoon

04 OCT,2020 | MEDC


 

The Southwest monsoon season has ended by recording 9% more rainfall than the normal. This makes it the second consecutive year of above-normal rainfall, something that has occurred for the first time in almost six decades. Though the spatial distribution of the monsoon was among the best in recent years, the temporal distribution was highly unpredictable. The steady progress and wide spread of the monsoon this year has spurred the sowing of kharif crops, which till last week had reached an all-time high of over 111 million hectares. Oilseeds and paddy are leading the way. On the flip side, excess rainfall has caused much damage to crops in rural Maharashtra, and assessments are being made as to how farmers could be suitably compensated. In the long run, India needs to learn to tame its unpredictable monsoon and use it to its best advantage. Farsighted policymaking and technology can help provide us that competitive edge, obviously with the blessings of the political establishment.

 

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