Thursday, April 24, 2014
DROUGHT LIKELY TO HIT STATE THIS YEARThursday, 24 April 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
Another worst year (agriculture) is waiting us in-view of prediction of deficient rainfall in August--Now time has come for two things 1)conservation and optimum utilization of water and change in cropping pattern and adoption of SRI(System RiceIntensification ) method and Line sowing methodof paddy for better productivity -Read this news
DROUGHT LIKELY TO HIT STATE THIS YEAR
Thursday, 24 April 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
While the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is all set to forecast the dates for the onset of monsoon on Thursday, a senior agro-meteorologist of Odisha has predicted a drought in the State this year.
“Though the southwest monsoon will hit the State as usual by the second week of June, it is most likely that the monsoon will withdraw from the State by August-September causing severe damage to the kharif crops,” said agro-meteorologist and nodal officer of the Indian Meteorological Centre at the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Dr Surendranath Pasupalak.
Dr Pasupalak said going by the data from 17 international meteorological centres, there is every possibility that the southwest monsoon would withdraw from Odisha in August and September due to El Nino effect and that would influence the monsoon flow in India and Indonesia in a significant way.
The El Nino is characterised by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific which influences the global weather system, he said, adding that since the El Nino is expected to intensify by the second week of August, it will have an adverse effect on the wind flow and the monsoon across the ocean.
He also said if the effect of El Nino reaches high in August, it will force the monsoon to withdraw from Odisha.“That is bad news because August is usually the peak time for paddy cultivation and withdrawal of monsoon would severely hit the paddy crop. Although the State will receive the average quantum of annual rainfall, it would not help the farmers as there would be excess rainfall in June and July. As a result, the possibility of floods in the State cannot be ruled out,” Dr Pasupalak said.
It may be mentioned here that despite average rainfall in the State last year, drought had hit as many as 39 Panchayats. Meanwhile, the Centre, acting on the monsoon predictions of a number of international Met centres, has begun working on possible measures to tackle drought and has asked the Agriculture Secretaries of various States to formulate action plans in anticipation of the threat.