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Monsoon rains reach Andaman islands early - weather office

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(Reuters) - rains, which are vital for farm output and economic growth in India, reached the country's islands on Sunday, six days ahead of schedule, the domestic weather office said in a statement.

Andaman and Nicobar, off India's eastern coast, are usually the first areas to receive the rains, typically around May 20.

The early onset of comes after the chief of the Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that looks likely to receive higher rainfall than previously forecast because concern over the El Nino weather event has eased.

The season, which typically runs for about four months, delivers about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall and is critical for growing crops such as rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybeans.

As such, they can have a big impact on economic growth and food price inflation.

(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by David Goodman)

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