The south-west monsoon gathered tempo in the previous few days, due to which cumulative all-India rainfall was simply 2% beneath regular as on July 28, in contrast with 8% beneath regular every week again.

Region-wise, there was a noticeable enchancment within the north-west, the place rainfall was 7% beneath regular as on July 24, down from 21% deficiency as on July 17. This is a welcome improvement because the north-west area accounts for 43.7% of India’s meals grains manufacturing.

In the east and the north-east, rainfall was 18% beneath regular. On the opposite hand, central India and the southern peninsula acquired 2% and 22% above-normal rains, respectively.

That means as on July 28, two areas out of 4 noticed above-normal rainfall, in contrast with only one every week again. But ache factors stick with some states experiencing better deficiency.

For occasion, within the north-west — among the many main kharif producers — Rajasthan and Punjab have seen poor rainfall up to now at 17% and 12% beneath regular, respectively. In central India — the place total regional rainfall is above regular — Gujarat and Odisha have logged 30% and 22% below-normal rainfall, respectively.

Despite enchancment final week, kharif sowing stays insufficient. For the week ended July 23, sowing space was 70% and 24% decrease on-season and by regular space sown (or the typical of the previous 5 years), respectively. Till July 16, these shortages have been 80% and 25%, respectively.

But state-level rainfall quantity information alone doesn’t inform the entire story. There are vulnerabilities that come up from insufficient irrigation as effectively that have to be thought-about.

CRISIL’s Deficient Rainfall Impact Parameter (DRIP) does simply that. DRIP offers a greater impression evaluation of deficiency as a result of it components within the irrigation buffer out there for states and crops.

Typically, increased the DRIP rating, extra hostile the impression of poor rains.

The newest DRIP scores — as of July 21, 2021 — not solely stay excessive however rose additional for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. Scores are increased each on on-year and on the final five-year common bases.

Among crops, bajra (Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat are key producers ) has the best DRIP rating that’s greater than the final five-year common. It is adopted by soybean (Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan) and groundnut (Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu), the DRIP scores for that are increased than each final 12 months and the five-year common. These crops have low irrigation buffer.

While DRIP scores for tur (Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh), maize (Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar) and jowar (Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan) are increased than final 12 months, they don’t seem to be too approach off from their five-year averages.

That means regardless of the advance in total rainfall, its spatial distribution hasn’t been too beneficial with three crops nonetheless displaying excessive DRIP scores. Not solely oilseeds, stress is now seen throughout some coarse cereals. Given the excessive inflation, this isn’t a wholesome improvement. A beneficial spatial distribution of rains can be essential within the days forward.


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