NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon hit the Kerala coast on Monday, and is expected to deliver more rainfall than previously forecast, the weather office said.
Rainfall will also be well distributed across the country, with only the northeastern region forecast to get slightly lower rainfall, the India Meteorological Department said. It also said total rainfall in the June-September season would be 102% of normal, 2% more than what it had forecast in the middle of April.
The timely onset and forecast of well-distributed rainfall will cheer farmers and policymakers as it raises prospects of another record harvest and will further enhance agricultural growth amid gloom in other sectors of the economy, which have been beaten down by the pandemic. Good monsoon boosts rural income and the demand for consumer goods, automobiles and gold.
“Agriculture is the beacon of hope this year,” said D K Joshi, chief economist at Crisil. “A normal monsoon is the first bit of good news. But it is not dependant on total rainfall, but distribution, which remains to be seen, how it plays out. But water is also really important for us to battle the pandemic for hygienic purposes as well, so it's really good news that we will be having a strong monsoon season this year.”