Rainfall that is widespread allows for kharif sowing in Mwada

All eight districts of Marathwada received light to medium rainfall in 24-hour period . Farmers advised to wait for 100 mm rainfall to begin sowing for kharif season .

Aurangabad, India: In the 24-hour period ending on Thursday morning, all eight districts of Marathwada received light to medium rainfall, bringing the total rainfall deficit in the area to 15%.Although agricultural specialists have advised the farming community to begin sowing for the kharif season only if their area receives at least 100 mm rainfall, two districts in Marathwada Parbhani and Hingoli (both 102 mm) have already reported the required rainfall, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).Although Aurangabad city and nearby areas saw few heavy rainfall, the district as a whole has seen an average of 19 mm rainfall.Among other districts in the area, the nearby Jalna district received the highest rainfall (26 mm), followed by Parbhani (23mm), Hingoli, Beed (both 13mm), Nanded (7mm), Osmanabad (6mm) and Latur (4mm).

During the same period last year, the region, which has seen a strong monsoon run, had received surplus showers (141%).According to K K Dakhore, an agricultural meteorologist at Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University in Parbhani, the farmers should only sow once the soil has sufficiently water.In many areas of the region, the delayed progress of the monsoon has slowed down sowing activity.According to him, farmers must have patience and wait for at least 100 mm rain in their areas to begin sowing.