Uttar Pradesh faces monsoon deficit, western region worst hit | Meerut News – Times of India

MEERUT: Despite a good monsoon prediction this year, over half of Uttar Pradesh — 40 out of 75 districts, mostly in the western region — has witnessed deficit or large deficit rainfall till July 19, hitting the sowing of Kharif crops. Experts, however, blame it on the delayed arrival of monsoon by about three weeks.
According to data (updated till July 19) released by the Indian meteorological department, among 33 districts of western UP, 25 have recorded deficit or large deficit rainfall while only 15 out of 42 districts in eastern UP fall under these categories. Till July 19, UP has recorded the total rain deficit at 14%, which is “normal”, but at -36% rain deficit western UP falls under the “red category”, reveals IMD data.
Western UP districts such as Agra (-67%), Meerut (-25%), Aligarh (-58%), Budaun (-38%), Shamli (-60%), Mainpuri (-63%), Saharanpur (-32%), among others, have recorded the maximum rainfall deficit, so far. Districts like Bareilly, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Sambhal and Rampur have received normal rainfall, says IMD.
In eastern UP, however, districts such as Santravidas Nagar, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Chitrakoot and Prayagraj have received more rains than normal, while Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Basti, Kanpur and Sultanpur have witnessed normal rainfall, so far. However, Unnao, Raebareli, Jaunpur and Amethi fall under the rain deficit or large rain deficit categories.
According to experts, the main reason for the deficit rainfall is the continued delay in the arrival of monsoon, which the IMD had predicted would lash the Delhi-NCR region by June 15.
RS Sengar, agriculture scientist, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology University, Meerut, told TOI: “Monsoon should have lashed the state by the last week of June, but it is delayed by almost three weeks, hitting the Kharif (including pulses and paddy) sowing.”
“Most of the farmers will now start sowing Kharif that will further delay the harvesting. As the last few days have witnessed a good rainfall, which is good for crops, we advise farmers to start harvesting rainwater for the future,” added Sengar.
State meteorological department director JP Gupta, however, claimed that the rainfall on Tuesday covered the rain deficit across the state, especially in the eastern region. “Only a few districts have now been left with the large rain deficits. But, showers are predicted on Wednesday and Thursday. Besides, another round of heavy rain in the last week of July will cover the present deficit,” he added.

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