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In a Relief to Farmers, Met Department Predicts Normal Monsoon This Year

The south-west monsoon, which makes its onset over India around May-end, is critical for the over 100-million farmer families of the country.

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Updated:April 15, 2019, 4:58 PM IST
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In a Relief to Farmers, Met Department Predicts Normal Monsoon This Year
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New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department Monday predicted a normal South West monsoon this year - a sign of relief to the farm and economic distress in the country.

“India is going to have a near-normal monsoon in 2019 as the south-west monsoon is likely to be near-normal," said M. Rajeevan Nair, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Nair told reporters that Monsoon rains are expected to be 96 percent of a long term average.

The IMD defines normal rainfall between the ranges of 96 to 104 percent of a 50 years average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

The south-west monsoon, which makes its onset over India around May-end, is critical for it's over 100-million farmer families. This is especially significant for the states of Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The four-month rainy season contributes more than 70% of India’s annual showers.

In 2017, rainfall was near-normal, but the following year it dropped to 91% of the long period average (LPA).

(With Inputs from Agencies)

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| Edited by: Aditya Sharma
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