1. Monsoon seen at average levels in 2017: IMD

Monsoon seen at average levels in 2017: IMD

India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to be average in 2017, a senior official at the weather office said on Tuesday, easing concerns over farm and economic growth in the world's leading producer of an array of farm goods.

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 18, 2017 3:58 PM
India’s weather office defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 cm for the entire four-month season beginning June. (Reuters)

India’s crucial monsoon rains are expected to be average in 2017, a senior official at the weather office said on Tuesday, easing concerns over farm and economic growth in the world’s leading producer of an array of farm goods. Monsoon rains in 2017 would be 96 percent of a long-term average, KJ Ramesh, director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department, told a news conference.

India’s weather office defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 cm for the entire four-month season beginning June.

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