The prices of vegetables and onions are already rising because the rainfall in June is among the lowest in a century. The rainfall deficit for the country is 37 percent even before El Nino has developed.

The Centre has spiraled up its action to meet the odds of drought, with the Meteorological Department’s prediction of poor monsoon. All the state governments and their respective Agriculture Universities have been asked to prepare for bracing the drought-driven disaster. They have been asked to take help of MGNREGA for water harvesting.

The Centre has sent directive to states that 10 percent of the amount under the National Agricultural Development Plan should be earmarked for facing the drought situation. Under Accelerated Fodder Development Programme, additional funding has been allocated for animal feed.

The weather office has forecast a deficit rainfall. The delay in monsoon to reach the India’s southern coast has increased the possibility of its weak intensity. The formation of a possible El Nino weather phenomenon, which can cause drought in South Asia, can impact later in the four-month rainy season.


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