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Monsoon rains to arrive on Kerala coast on May 29

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NEW (Reuters) - India's rains are expected to arrive on the southern coast on May 29, India's office said in a statement on Friday.

The monsoon, the lifeblood of the country's $2 trillion economy, delivers nearly 70 percent of rains that needs to water farms and recharge reservoirs and aquifers. Nearly half of India's farmland, without any irrigation cover, depends on annual June-September rains to grow a number of crops.

looks likely to receive average rains in 2018, the office said last month, raising the possibility of higher farm and economic growth in Asia's third-biggest economy.

Rains usually lash state on the south coast around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July. Timely rains trigger planting of crops such as rice, soybeans and cotton.

The Meteorological Department declares the arrival of rains only after parameters measuring consistency of rainfall over a defined geography, intensity, cloudiness and wind speed are satisfied.

The monsoon usually covers the half of the country in the first 15 days. The rains reach central India's soybean areas by the third week of June and western cotton-growing areas by the first week of July.

Other than lifting farm and wider economic growth, a spell of good rains will keep a lid on inflation, to bring forward due in May 2019.

(Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by David Goodman)

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 16:38 IST