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Late monsoon worrying says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh

first_imgNew Delhi : Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said the delayed sowing in the country due to late arrival of monsoon was a matter of concern and the central government will work with the states if a drought like situation arises. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the State Agriculture Ministers Conference here, Tomar said there was a delay in the arrival of monsoon but it would be too early to jump to any conclusion regarding drought. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “We have reports that monsoon will be normal. In case, there is less rains or a drought like situation, we will work jointly with states,” he said. On possible negative impact on foodgrain output due to lower rainfall, Tomar said: “There is nothing to worry. We are working with the states.” Jharkhand witnesses 35% rainfall deficit Jharkhand is witnessing a 35 per cent rainfall deficit in this monsoon season, a Met Department official said here on Monday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Jharkhand has received only 181 mm rainfall against the normal 276 mm till now. In the last two days, the rainfall has improved and it will continue for next 48 hours,” S.D Kothal, Director of the Ranchi Met Department, told IANS. “But the rain will shift towards the Himalaya region from June 10 to 12. When it will retreat, state will then witness an improvement of the rainfall.” Advertise With Us Over 2,000 died due to extreme weather More than 2,000 people died in India in the last one year due to extreme weather events, the Environment Ministry informed Rajya Sabha Monday but denied any direct connection to the global issue of climate change. MoS in Environment Ministry Babul Supriyo said, “As per the information received from the Ministry of Home Affairs, 2,405 lives have been reported to be lost during the financial year 2018-19 in the country due to cyclonic storm/flash flood/landslides/cloudburst etc.” He said global warming may lead to increase in frequency or intensity of weather events. In reply to another question — whether about 4,000 deaths take place every year due to climate change, the minister said, “India experienced 431 major natural disasters during the period 1980-2010, resulting in loss of human lives, property and resources. However, any direct attribution to climate change has not been indicated.”last_img

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