Rain Deficiency in Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh Hits Paddy, Cotton Farmers
Farmers (Photo credits: PTI)

Patna, July 10: Due to the subdued rainfall activity in the eastern parts of India including Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh, paddy and cotton produce this year is likely to take a hit.  In Bihar and northeast India, the subdued rainfall activity is likely to continue over the next one week, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin stated on Monday.

As the rainfall has reduced, there is a rise in temperature across the state. The maximum recorded temperature in Patna on Monday was at 37.7 degrees Celsius. The deficient monsoon is likely to continue over rice-growing states including Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

According to reports, the rain deficiency in rice-growing regions has been quite high and has had an adverse impact on sowing area of paddy.

According to Patna meteorological centre, almost all districts were likely to receive light to moderate showers, that also at one or two places till July 13.  According to data produced by India Meteorological Department (IMD), West Bengal which is the country’s largest producer of rice, and Chhattisgarh have received 22% and 21% below-normal rainfall, respectively, while Odisha got 30% less rains until July 6.

According to a report by TOI, Bihar already has a 27% rainfall deficiency this monsoon season from June 1 to July 9. As far as rainfall is concerned, the IMD said Bihar is expected to receive rainfall in scattered manner till July 13. As this is the main peak season for transplantation of saplings, the scanty rainfall has badly affected the paddy farmers in the state. According to reports, once the seedlings are grown into saplings, these are transplanted to the fields normally from the last week of June or first week of July.