Monsoon sets up date with Kerala in next 2 days

Jun 04 2014, 16:55 IST
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Met forecast also stated advancement of the south-west monsoon into parts of north-eastern states in the next 72 hours. (Reuters) Met forecast also stated advancement of the south-west monsoon into parts of north-eastern states in the next 72 hours. (Reuters)
SummaryIMD had earlier forecast that monsoon rains would arrive over Kerala's coast on June 5.

of LPA) and 35% chances of 'normal' monsoon (96-104% of LPA).

The Met department's next forecast will be more definitive as it comes after the onset of the monsoon next week.

Monsoon rains are crucial for agriculture as about 40% of cultivable area is under irrigation and around 55% of foodgrain production, mainly paddy and coarse grains, is contributed by kharif or summer crop. Monsoon rains during the June-September period also help in boosting soil moisture for the rabi or winter crop.

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