The scare caused by truant rainfall in June has been made up to a considerable extent in July. If August also lends a shoulder, then farm output could get a major boost.
The government must create a balance between keeping the consumer prices under check and ensuring remunerative prices to all farmers.
A below normal monsoon is bad news for the agriculture sector.
El Nino has a strong impact on monsoons in India and it has been used to predict the kind of rainfall that can be expected in a year
Qatar broadcaster Al Jazeera's senior meteorologist, Steff Gaulter, tweeted that one part of the capital Doha had experienced almost a year's worth of rain on Saturday
The south-west monsoon has brought showers to central parts of Maharashtra as well, with arid Marathwada region also receiving good spells in the last couple of days.
Of these, 45 teams have been "pre-positioned" in the states where rains and floods usually occur during the monsoon season.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam districts under the influence of a system formed over the west-central Bay of Bengal.
Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses in the 2018/19 fiscal year starting April 1 and and could allow it to avoid buying overseas wheat for the first time in three years.
At least six coastal districts of Odisha are likely to experience heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours even as the depression over Bay of Bengal has gradually weakened into a well marked low pressure today, India Meteorological Department (IMD) office said.
Higher imports by the world's second biggest consumer will support global prices, which are trading near their highest level in two months, but could widen the country's trade deficit.
In Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district, a girl was killed and her parents were missing following a landslide yesterday that buried their house.
According to the IMD, rainfall over the country during the remaining two months of the monsoon season (August and September) is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent.
The state, which saw floods in Jalore and in parts of Barmer, Sirohi and Pali districts, received 367.83 mm rains against the normal rainfall of 290.89 mm from June 1 to August 6, which is 26.4 per cent higher, according to water resources department.
Morgan Stanley Research has revised the headline CPI forecast for calender year 2017 to 3.1 per cent from 3.6 per cent earlier and for 2018 to 4.3 per cent from 4.6 per cent earlier.
In April, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast this year's monsoon rains at 96 percent of the 50-year average of 89 cm.
The state-run India Meteorological Department on April 18 forecast this year's monsoon rains at 96 percent of the 50-year average of 89 cm.
"We assessed 96 percent based on the climatological conditions up to March. Now, conditions are becoming favourable for an improvement over our April 18 estimate," K.J. Ramesh, director general of the state-run IMD said.
In the national capital, the mercury crossed the 44- degrees mark at many places.
“Our view fundamentally for India market was around 20 percent return but after the rally, it looks like we could do another 10-11 percent return until the end of the year helped by liquidity,” Prabhat Awasthi, Head of Equity & MD, India, Nomura said in an interview with CNBC-TV 18.
In a move aimed at increasing the green cover across the state, Maharashtra government has come up with a target of planting 50 crore saplings in next three years.
"The productivity of various crops and legumes in the country is less as compared to that of some countries in Europe, the US and China," Singh said during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.