Rainfall has slowed down over the past week, except in the eastern region. Most regions of the country faced deficient rains, compared with the corresponding ‘normal’ week, according to an analysis by Barclays based on Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) data.
The cumulative surplus through last week is exhausted, with overall rainfall at the normal level for the period June 1 to August 10, says Barclays. After a deficient rainfall throughout June and July, the eastern region seems to be playing catchup as it has now seen excess rains in the first two weeks of August. However, cumulatively, rains in the eastern region still remain deficient.
The distribution of rainfall so far in the month is broadly in line with IMD’s forecast of ‘below normal’ rainfall for pan-India, with heavy rains in the east.
According to IMD, the monsoon trough lies along the foothills of the Himalayas and is likely to gradually shift southwards and lie near its normal position from August 18.
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With a dip in rainfall over the past two weeks, the pace of increase in reservoir storage levels also seems to have come off slightly. As of August 10, storage in key reservoirs stood at 62 percent of total capacity. The reservoir level is lower than last year (at 94 percent of the available capacity), but higher than the historical average for this point in the season.
Kharif sowing of cotton, coarse cereals, sugarcane and oilseeds is now close to completion, with overall sowing already above 90 percent of ‘normal’ area as of August 4, according to Barclays. For rice, sowing is nearly complete in in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, but lagging in West Bengal by a wider margin. The sowing of pulses continues to lag.