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Why the monsoon is so crucial for PM Modi, inflation & the RBI policy

The IMD will come out with a second forecast for the 2018 monsoon rains in June

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

India's monsoon rains are likely to be 97 per cent of their long-term average in 2018, its meteorological department said on Monday, reassuring farmers ahead of summer planting in a country where only half of the farmland is irrigated. What are the categories of monsoon? A normal, or average, monsoon means rainfall between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 cm (35 inches) in total during the four-month monsoon season from June, according to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) classification. Rainfall below 90 per cent of the average would ...

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:39 IST