Odisha Current Affairs - 2020

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Southwest Monsoon Likely to be Below Normal this Year

Independent weather forecaster Skymet has made the following predictions about the Southwest Monsoons:

  • India could face its third consecutive below-normal monsoon this season, and the rainfall is expected to be 93% of the long-period average.
  • With all likelihood of El Niño playing a disruptive role, there is only a 30% chance of normal rain during this year’s southwest monsoon, which delivers about 70% of the country’s annual rainfall and there is a 55% probability of below normal rainfall this year.
  • June-to-September southwest monsoon season is expected to begin on a lean note and the deficit is expected to spill over into July.
  • Rainfall is expected to get better in the second half of the season as the El Niño phenomenon is expected to weaken.
  • August and September are likely to witness normal showers and Odisha, Chhattisgarh and coastal Andhra Pradesh are most likely to see normal rains throughout the season.

Even the IMD has predicted weak El Nino conditions which would be prevalent in the early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.

Normal Rainfall

Rainfall in the range of 96-104% of the long-period average of 89 cm is considered normal, while a range of 90-95% of this average is considered below normal.

Kandhamal Haldi earns Geographical indication (GI) tag

Kandhamal Haldi a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha earns Geographical indication (GI) tag.

Kandamal Haldi

  • Kandhamal in Odisha’s southern hinterland is famous for its turmeric cultivation, a spice that enjoys its pride of place in an array of cuisines.
  • Kandhamal Haldi has more oleoresin and volatile oil contents compared to other turmeric varieties.
  • Kandhamal Haldi gives strong aroma and has a high medicinal value.

Geographical Indication

Geographical Indication defines the goods as originating in the territory of a country or a region or locality in that territory, provided a given quality reputation or other characteristics of the product are attributable to its geographical origin. The product to acquire GI tag has to indicate that a product of a particular origin has a certain quality or reputation or some other characteristics, which is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

The GI tag in India is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 and is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is the Registrar of Geographical Indications and functions under the auspices of the Union ministry of commerce & industry.