Although cloudy weather continues in most parts of the state, there were not much rains this season, causing worry to farmers.
However, the weatherman had predicted the arrival of monsoon in the first week of June. Barring a couple of districts, the weather has been dry most parts of the state. Bangalore has witnessed a rainfall deficit of 87 per cent this season.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Bangalore should have received an average rainfall of 58 mm as on June 20, but till date it has received only around 8 mm.
The situation is no different in other parts of the state too. South Interior (SI)and North Interior (NI) Karnataka have received a rainfall deficit of 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Malnad and coastal regions till June 20 recorded normal rainfall of 196 mm and 539 mm respectively.
“It is not right to compare the whole state data and average out. Malnad and coastal regions have received normal rainfall while the SI/NI regions have recorded rainfall deficit. The situation is not that bad as compared to what has been projected in the media so far. It will improve in the coming weeks,” said Director of Meteorological Department B Puttanna. However, the Department of Agriculture officials said they were ready with inputs but were waiting for the rains to commence for farmers to sow.“The department is taking note and will wait till the month-end to announce any crop pattern that would be effective,” said K V Sarvesh of Director of Department of Agriculture.