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Skymet says monsoon below normal this year; deficit highest in north-eastern region

Updated : October 01, 2018 13:18:04 IST

Skymetweather.com on Monday said the South-West Monsoon from June to September has come to an end recording nine percent deficiency in the rainfall. This shows the country registered below-normal rainfall in 2018.

In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Jatin Singh, founder and chief executive officer, said the significant amount of rain deficit is coming from North East, which is not an agriculture sensitive geography.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecasted rainfall at 97 percent and Skymet had revised it lower on August 1 at 92 percent.

“Gujarat, western Rajasthan, partial central and south India, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal are also not doing well. It's safe to assume that the cereal output is not going to be at par, thought it might not be as drastic,” Singh said.
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