Met office sees below-average monsoon in 2014


NEW DELHI - India is likely to have below-average monsoon rainfall in 2014, raising the possibility that drought could stoke inflation and hit a sluggish economy dependent on the elements because half the country's farmland lacks irrigation.



South Asia monsoon seen below-average to average in 2014 - WMO

PUNE India - India and its South Asian neighbours are expected to see below-average to average rains this year if the El Nino weather pattern gains strength during the four-month monsoon season, a forum of weather experts said on Wednesday.


India to expand irrigation by a tenth to cut monsoon reliance

NEW DELHI - India plans to expand its farmland under irrigation by at least a tenth in the next three years, potentially boosting grains output by an equal proportion in the world's second-biggest rice and wheat producer, a top government official told Reuters.


A schoolgirl crosses a dry pond on the outskirts of Jammu April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

India expected to see below-average to average rains in 2014 if El Nino weather pattern gains strength

India suffered a severe drought in 2009 when monsoon rains failed due to El Nino

India's weather office rates as normal rainfall between 96 and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres

Poor monsoons could dent crop output in India - the world's No.2 rice and sugar producer

Healthy harvests can help keep a lid on food inflation


Monsoon rains in 2014 will be:



  • D.S. Pai, lead forecaster of the Indian weather office