Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday that western India is likely to be worst affected by a sub-normal Monsoon, with possible drought-like conditions in some areas.
“Monsoon is delayed. Western India is expected to be worst affected and drought-like situation might prevail in some pockets,” Singh told reporters after a delegation from Maharashtra met him on this matter.
He said a separate contingency plan will be worked out along with the state governments for drought-prone regions like Vidarbha in Maharashtra, to ensure there is no shortage of drinking water and fodder. “Vidarbha region is drought-prone. We will think of all possible measures to help farmers so that they are not forced to commit suicides due to crop failure,” he said.
As per the Met Department, the Monsoon is likely to improve after July 6, said Singh.