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Monsoon rains will be near normal, predicts IMD in good news for economy

The monsoon season delivers about 70% of India's annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in India

Pratik Parija | Bloomberg  |  New Delhi 

The state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) is expected to release its first forecast in April
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India's southwest monsoon, which waters more than half of the country’s farmland and is crucial for economic growth, is expected to be ’near-normal’ this year as the risk of an El Nino weather pattern looms.

Annual rainfall during the June-September rainy season is likely to be 96 percent of a long-term average, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. The forecast has a margin of error of 5 percent, according to the weather office.

The is critical to India’s as it accounts for more than 70 percent of the country’s annual rainfall and fills reservoirs that help irrigate crops. It shapes the livelihood of millions and influences food prices. Deficient showers in the country, the world’s second-biggest producer of rice, wheat and cotton, often leads to lower crop output and higher imports of commodities like edible oils.

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:11 IST