New Delhi: The South West monsoon is likely to start withdrawing from North Western parts of the country in three to fours days, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.
The monsoon usually starts withdrawing in the first week of September, but this year it has been delayed by nearly two weeks. "Conditions are becoming favourable for withdrawal of Southwest monsoon from some parts of West Rajasthan (in north-western India) during next 3-4 days," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The monsoon, which delivers 70 per cent of India's annual rainfall, is critical for the country's 263 million farmers and their rice, sugarcane, corn, cotton and soybean crops because nearly half of its farmland lacks irrigation.
The country has so far received five per cent lower rainfall than normal in the current monsoon season. As on September 9, farmers had cultivated summer-sown crops on 105.4 million hectares, up 4.1 per cent from a year ago, farm ministry data showed.