In the wake of deficient Monsoon, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh conducted a review meeting with top officials of various ministries.
The secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation; secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry; secretary, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; secretary, Ministry of Power, officers of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Fertilisers, officers from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed the latest Monsoon predictions in June given by the IMD. Accordingly to these predictions, the North West India will receive 85 percent rainfall, which is little less than the average. According to these predictions it is expected that the rainfall will be deficient by 12 percent.
Last year also the prediction of IMD was made in the month of June for this region had indicated that the rainfall will be 85 percent and in 12 divisions there will be an expected deficiency of 12 percent. The deficiency in last year’s Monsoon affected sowing 2 percent. This, further affected the 3 percent fall of agricultural production. The slightly deficient prediction for this region will not have an adverse impact as the area under irrigation in this area is very high. The status of reservoirs in this area is also very encouraging. While the storage capacity in the North West region last year was only 38 percent. However, this year it is 42 percent.
As part of the advance preparedness for the Kharif season, Ministry for Power has prepared a contingency plan for supply of adequate electricity. Ministry of Fertiliser has released 90 lakh tonne fertilisers till May, 2015 to the States as against 60 lakh tones demanded by them.
The Ministry of Agriculture with support from ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad has prepared detailed crop contingency plans for 580 districts spread over 25 States. As seen from the experience of last year, these are highly useful in case of a deficient monsoon. As regards North Eastern States, contingency plans for 30 districts are under preparation, and will be ready by the end of this month.