North interior, coast to get poor rain

The farmers were eagerly waiting for pre-monsoon rains which have given the region a miss.  File photo

The North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting & Research Centre (NKAFC), established by the Department of Earth Sciences and India Meteorological Department has predicted very poor monsoon in interior Karnataka, Malnad and coastal Karnataka.

Dr R H Patil, incharge of NKAFC, which started functioning from the last month, told reporters here on Tuesday that the rabi crop had been a total failure in almost all parts of the state and 125 taluks were facing one of the worst droughts.

The farmers were eagerly waiting for pre-monsoon rains which have given the region a miss. There is a severe deficit of pre-monsoon showers in Malnad, interior Karnataka and the coastal regions. According to reports, there is a deficit of 61.6% in pre-monsoon rains.

Going by the forecast by the IMD, there will be a normal monsoon, but there will be a delay of eight days in the entry of monsoon over the region.

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