New Delhi: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh, has written a letter to the all Chief Ministers of the States/UTs for the review of the state of preparedness in managing any weather related contingency if any in advance so that the possible adverse impact of sub-par rainfall on the farmers can be mitigated.
Mr Singh in his letter mentioned that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) projected a likely rainfall of 96 percent (+ 5 percent) of the Long Period Average during Kharif 2017 in its first stage forecast for the South-West Monsoon. An updated forecast will be issued by IMD in June, 2017 with details of temporal (monthly) and regional distribution of monsoon rainfall.
Mr Singh further written that 2016-17 was a very satisfactory year for the agriculture sector as a whole. The State Governments and farmers were able to take the best advantage of a normal monsoon to create record-breaking performance in the production of cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Yet, the normal rainfall notwithstanding, agricultural operations faced disruption in some States during 2016-17 on account of drought caused by aberrant weather conditions. It would, therefore, be helpful if a review of the state of preparedness in managing any weather related contingency is carried out in advance so that the possible adverse impact of sub-par rainfall, if at all, on the farmers can be mitigated.
Central Government has permitted States and UTs to earmark 25 percent of funds under centrally sponsored schemes as flexi-funds which, inter-alia, could be used for mitigation of natural calamities.