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Monsoon’s Farewell Act- Empowering Tobacco Farmers


This year Monsoon has been severely affected by EL Nino, with a large deficiency of rainfall causing a significant loss to Indian agriculture. Sowing of tobacco has been delayed in many regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Tobacco nurseries in Karnataka had also witnessed inadequate rainfalls. After the August dry spell, these regions are seen experiencing light-moderate rains in the month of September, which brings some relief to the tobacco farmers.

Let us review the weather outlook of these tobacco growing regions for rest of the month.

Fig 1: Satellite image

Fig 2: Forecast Map

  • The monsoon is expected to show its impact in upcoming days over southern regions of the country, includes Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Kerala.
  • The tobacco growing regions in Andhra Pradesh starting with East Godavari is marked with a 7-10mm normal rainfall, and is forecast with an average 14-20mm light-moderate rainfall, during next 10 days.
  • Kakinada is noted with 2-6mm deficient rainfall, and is forecast with an average of 10-22mm rainfall.
  • Rainfall status of Palnadu is normal with 5-6mm of rainfall and is expected with an average 5-14mm light-moderate rainfall.
  • Eluru has been recorded with a 7-14mm normal rainfall,and is predicted with an average of 11-20mm rainfall.
  • Rainfall status of Prakasam is marked normal with 6-7mm rainfall, and it might increase up to 9-1mm of average rainfall in coming days.
  • Kurnool is with a deficient rainfall status with 0.4-6mm rainfall, and is expected to receive an average 9-20mm rainfall.
  • Rainfall status of Nellore is marked deficient with 0.6-6mm rainfall, and is forecast with 6-17mm rainfall in next 10 days.
  • Tobacco growing regions of Karnataka like Hassan and Mysore are expected with an average rainfall of 4-12mm and 5-17mm of rainfall respectively, during next 7-10 days.
  • Badradri-Kotthagudem, where tobacco grows in Telangana is predicted with an average 11-20mm rainfall.

Rainfall Forecast (mm):

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