"The anticipation is that the monsoon will be not as good as last year. This will actually impact on the crop that will be available next year and from my point of view as the Secretary Consumer Affairs, my interest is in what is available for the consumers," he added.

Desiraju was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by industry body CII. According to the weather department, the monsoon rains are expected on time this year, hitting Kerala on June 1.

Last year, the country had received 12 percent less rains, affecting production of grains, cotton and oil-seeds. Agriculture Secretary Siraj Hussain had earlier said that state governments have been asked to gear up to implement the contingency plan in 580 districts.

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