Monsoon to be normal this year, predicts IMD

16 Apr 2018 4:24 PM | General
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India is likely to receive average monsoon rains in 2018, the weather office said, raising the possibility of higher farm and economic growth in Asia’s third-biggest economy, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.

Monsoon rains, the lifeblood of the country’s $2 trillion economy, are expected to be 97% of a long-term average, KJ Ramesh, director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD), told a news conference. Other than lifting farm and wider economic growth, a wet spell will keep a lid on inflation, potentially tempting prime minister Narendra Modi to bring forward general elections due in May 2019. IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96% and 104% of a 50-year average of 89 cms for the entire four-month season beginning June.

Courtesy: Hindustantimes