"Twenty subdivisions recording normal rainfall is a positive, but the concern is around the nine subdivisions which have recorded excess or large excess rainfall and seven which have recorded deficient rainfall as both scenarios can adversely affect the crop production", it imd, added.
India has witnessed large scale floods in several parts such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. The western and south-west regions of the country have also received heavy rains and hence have been categorised either under the “excess” or “large excess” category.
"The sowing patterns across key crops as of August 16, 2019, has seen an improvement but the concern remains around the sowing of rice which has seen more than three million hectares contraction from normal and a year ago", the rating agency said.
The area brought under sowing as of August 16, 2019, stood at 30.14 million hectares in the country against 33.84 million hectares covered during the same period of 2018, a drop of around 37 per cent. The sowing of all key cereals has also been lower than the normal of the corresponding week.
On the other hand, total pulses have recorded an increase of 0.54 million hectares from the normal of the corresponding week. Sugarcane and cotton continue to record higher sowing than normal up to August 16.
"Excess rainfall in some regions is a positive from the view of reservoir and groundwater level but could destroy the production of certain crops. Combination of excess rainfall and deficient rainfall in almost 45 per cent of all the subdivisions could weigh on food inflation going ahead," it added.