As per sources, it has been reported by an official from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) that an expected above normal monsoon in 2016 is likely to boost rice production in the country, as quoted by the Economic Times. In this regard, it has been stated by Deputy Director General Meteorology at the IMD, that the country is likely to get bumper production of rice, oilseeds and pulses, as well as set stage for excellent Rabi production. Further, it has been narrated that the overall framework is very positive now and we can see a bumper production of rice this year. Meanwhile, another senior meteorologist has also pointed out that rains during the kharif (June – December) sowing time followed by rains that are spatially and temporally well distributed are good for Indian agriculture.
Furthermore, in this aspect, the Agriculture Secretary also told to the reporters that based on the IMD forecast, the government is expecting a good monsoon this year after two years of an El Nino-induced drought conditions. The weather inclemency has led a drop in food products and food grains, and therefore our strategy this year is to ensure that we surpass the production figure of the previous year, as it was revealed. Moreover, the global weather agencies are also predicting the El Nino weather conditions are retreating and La Nina conditions are likely to develop in early summer of the Northern Hemisphere. Generally, it has been observed that La Nina conditions normally bring above-normal rains to India, according to IMD officials.