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Rejuvenation of Monsoon: Brings back hope for farmers - By Dr B K Singh & Purnima Nair

 


  • The development of EL Nino has created a weak Southwest Monsoon for India this year, causing near heat waves conditions in Aug.  It affected Agriculture by increased evapotranspiration and reduced soil moisture. High day temperatures wilted already sown crops and delayed sowing of crops awaiting good rains.  
  • EL Nino has affected Tobacco sowing and cultivation this year.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, tobacco is sown in the months of Aug-Sep, and in Karnataka, from April-May.
  • The deficient rainfalls have caused delayed sowing in Andhra Pradesh, and affecting the nurseries of tobacco in Karnataka.
  • However cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal is bringing in some ray of hope.
  • In Andhra Pradesh, districts such as East Godavari, Kakinada, Eluru, Prakasam and Nellore may get welcome showers, if the Low Pressure Area in Bay of Bengal persists. 

Rainfall forecast for next 6 days in tobacco growing regions are likely to be as under:










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