Environment and Wildlife

Water reservoir levels at lowest in four years

Cumulative rainfall until June 24 has been 30 per cent below normal compared. Water with 4 per cent below normal last year, Motilal Oswal Financial Services said in a report.

As of June 22, water reservoir levels stood at 26 per cent. Of its live storage capacity, the lowest in four years mainly led by lower storage. In the southern region of the country, the report said.

Deficient rainfall as well as lower sowing and reservoir levels does not bode well for the farm sector and inflation.

Southwest monsoon has advanced over Delhi, Mumbai and other places. Across the country on June 25 and it is likely to pick up pace in July and August.

Delay in monsoon can be attributed to cyclone Biparjoy, which has adversely affected the progress of rains.

Apart from the northwest (27 per cent  above normal) monsoon, all other regions have witnessed below normal rainfall.

Southern peninsula (51 per cent  below normal) and central India. (51 per cent  below normal) have seen the maximum deviation from normal followed. By eastern and northeastern regions (19 per cent  below normal) of the country, the report said.

IMD expects the upcoming monsoon. To be normal (96 per cent  of LPA with an error margin of +/-4 per cent ) in its second long-range. Forecast for the four-month period from June to September. However, IMD forecasted average June rainfall to be below normal (92 per cent  of the LPA). Therefore, monsoon is likely to pick up in the coming months.

Month-wise rainfall received over CY02-21 showed that on an average June received only 19 per cent  of the season’s rainfall, July received almost one-third, followed by August at 29 per cent .

As of June 23, Kharif sowing was 4.5 per cent  less than last year mainly led by rice (-36 per cent  YoY), cotton (-14.2 per cent  YoY), Jute and Mesta (-12.2 per cent  YoY) as well as oilseeds (-3.3 per cent  YoY, the report said.

Deficient monsoon in major rice producing states (with 61 per cent  share) such as West Bengal (28 per cent  below normal), Uttar Pradesh (52 per cent  below normal), Andhra Pradesh (38 per cent  below normal), Odisha (54 per cent  below normal), Telangana (64 per cent  below normal), Chattisgarh (70 per cent  below normal), Haryana (31 per cent  below normal) and Madhya Pradesh (53 per cent  below normal) has hurt rice sowing, the report said.

States with higher irrigation cover such as Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana will be less impacted though.

Deficient rainfall and consequently lower rice sowing will push rice prices higher. Rising global rice prices would further push local prices up. Rice constitutes around 4.4% of the overall CPI basket, the report said.

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