Date
18 October 2017
Drought annihilated crops in India in the monsoon season in 2014 and last year.
Drought annihilated crops in India in the monsoon season in 2014 and last year.

Indian monsoon may be wettest in 22 years as La Nina looms

India is set for the highest monsoon rainfall since 1994 as the odds of La Nina increase, Bloomberg reports.

Farmers are increasing the planting of rice, corn and oilseed crops as a result.

Weather watchers are awaiting La Nina, a cooling down of the tropical Pacific, which follows a period of warming up, dubbed El Nino, about 40 percent of the time.

La Nina typically brings more rain to parts of Asia including India.

Rain during the four-month rainy season starting next month is forecast at 109 percent of the average of about 89 centimeters, more than the 105 percent predicted in April, Skymet Weather Services Pvt., a New Delhi-based private forecaster, said on its website Tuesday.

The forecast has a margin of error of 4 percent.

The state-run India Meteorological Department’s is 106 percent.

The prediction of above normal amounts of rain for the first time since 2013 is boosting prospects of agricultural production and could ease an acute drinking water shortage caused by back-to-back droughts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is counting on a normal monsoon to sustain economic growth and contain food costs after the lowest rainfall since 2009 last year hurt rice, corn, sugar-cane and oilseed crops.

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