Monsoon 2018 forecast: Relief for farmers as IMD predicts normal rainfall

A normal monsoon will not only aid agriculture growth but also have a positive impact on the overall rural economy, crucial for the BJP govt as it faces key state elections and general polls in 2019


The 2018 southwest monsoon is expected to be ‘normal’, brightening chances of recovery in the farm sector, which has seen fluctuating growth rates in the recent past.  The monsoon rains were a tad below normal the previous year, though the weather department had projected those to be normal.  Releasing its first forecast for the southwest monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said rainfall in June-September was projected at 97 per cent of the long period average (LPA), with a model error of plus and minus 5 per cent.  The LPA is ...