Monsoon hits Kerala, India ready to tap it

According to IMD, all 14 rainfall monitoring stations in the state reported fairly-widespread rainfall over the last 48 hours

India’s southwest monsoon, the lifeline for millions of farmers across the country, today hit Kerala on its usual onset date. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), all the 14 rainfall-monitoring stations in Kerala have reported a fairly-widespread rainfall over the last 48 hours. The rains, from June to September, are vital for the 55 per cent of farmland without irrigation in India, one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of food.  A good rain not only ensures adequate production of rice, sugarcane, oilseeds and pulses during the kharif ...