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Govt ready with contingency plan to tackle poor monsoon Agriculture Minister

The Minister said that the government has sufficient buffer stock of wheat and rice to deal with any shortages
Govt ready with contingency plan to tackle poor monsoon Agriculture Minister

The government is ready with contingency plans in 580 districts to deal with poor monsoon, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday.
The Minister said that the government has sufficient buffer stock of wheat and rice to deal with any shortages.

"We started preparing contingency plans for 580 districts from April onwards. We are ready to face the situation and we will overcome with the help of states," Singh said.

The Met Department revised its forecast from 93 percent to 88 percent Long Period Average (LPA), with north-west region of the country expected to be hit the most.

Now, with the revised projection of 88 percent, the monsoon is categorised as "deficient", raising fears of drought like situation in some parts of the country.

The onset of South-West monsoon has delayed and is likely to hit coast of the south Indian state of Kerala on June 5.

The timely onset of the South-West monsoon is crucial for sowing of kharif (summer) crops such as paddy and a deficit in rainfall may hit the rice output.
Last year, the country had received 12 per cent less rains, which hit production of grains, cotton and oilseeds.

Due to poor monsoon, agriculture growth stood at 0.2 per cent in the 2014-15 fiscal.

According to the government’s estimate, total foodgrains production has declined to 251.12 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year (July-June) from a record production of 265.04 million tonnes in the previous year.

 

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