La Niña Strikes Again: Brace for Big Changes in Agriculture?

Authors

  • Raj Pratik Das School of Agriculture, GIET University, Gunupur, Rayagada, Odisha (765 022), India
  • Sushree Sanskruti Lenka School of Agriculture, GIET University, Gunupur, Rayagada, Odisha (765 022), India
  • Aditya Pratap Singh Dept. of Plant Breeding and Genetics, School of Agriculture, GIET University, Gunupur, Rayagada, Odisha (765 022), India

Keywords:

Agricultural productivity, Climate change, Kharif crops, La Niña

Abstract

The Indian economy heavily depends on agriculture and faces significant challenges and opportunities due to climatic phenomena like El Niño and La Niña. With the primary forecast from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Climate Centre indicating a shift from El Niño to La Niña, India is expected to experience above-average monsoon rainfall from July to September. This change is likely to benefit the Kharif crops, which rely heavily on monsoon rains, potentially improving yields and agricultural productivity. However, excessive rainfall also poses risks such as flooding, increased pest and disease prevalence and potential crop damage. Effective water management, flood control measures and integrated pest management practices are essential to mitigate these risks. Additionally, government policies, crop insurance and timely weather forecasts are crucial in supporting farmers' adaptation strategies.

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Published

2024-06-06

How to Cite

[1]
Das, R.P. et al. 2024. La Niña Strikes Again: Brace for Big Changes in Agriculture?. Biotica Research Today. 6, 6 (Jun. 2024), 311–313.

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