'Monsoon to hit Karnataka in June first week'
"Monsoon will set in Karnataka during June first week and remain active from second week. It is expected to be normal this year as per data available with the local meteorology department," M.B. Raje Gowda, professor of agro-climate at Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK), told reporters here.
Picking up momentum in July, the monsoon season will extend till September resulting in widespread rainfall across the state over the next three-four months.
"The state is expected to receive an average rainfall of 85 cm or 34 inches during the monsoon, which is good for sowing operations. Farmers dependent on monsoon rains, should opt for long duration crops such as sunflower, groundnut, ragi, maize and red gram," Gowda said.
As part of the state-run University of Agricultural Sciences, the GKVK provides timely information to farmers and other stakeholders on farming and allied activities to boost food production and prevent crop losses in the event of drought or floods.