Erratic but adequate monsoon

03 OCT,2021 | MEDC


 

India is likely to see the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from October 6. A late surge in the end of September enabled the country to record a near-normal rainfall in the critical June-September period. India received 9% lower-than-normal rainfall till August-end, but higher-than-normal showers in September narrowed the deficit to 1%. The monsoon rains are vital for our economy because almost half of India’s agricultural sector has no formal irrigation facilities and depends on the annual monsoon. Farming accounts for almost 15% of the nation's economy, but it employs over 45% of the workforce. It is the third largest in Asia and sustains a population of over a billion. The importance of irrigation and water management for our economy can never be overemphasized.

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