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Monsoon woes in India continue
Jun 30, 2012

It is already the end of June, yet the monsoons in India haven't taken off smoothly. Today's chart of the day shows that the monsoon rainfall was 23% below the normal level of 170 millimeters (mm) in June. However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials say that this month's deficit isn't very significant as far as agriculture is concerned as the monsoon is expected to improve in July. The month of June contributes less than 20% of the overall monsoon rainfall. But, given that kharif crops (of which rice is a staple) are sown at the end of June, the below normal rainfall is a concern for farmers dependant on the rains to feed their crops. Most of the rice growing areas are rain fed, and if the current disturbing trend continues, we may be in some trouble.

Data source: Livemint
Note: Data as of 27th June 2012

This Chart Of The Day was published in The 5 Minute WrapUp - India is swimming in a sea of red

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