Rains to revive in 2 days

Written by Reuters | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 30 2010, 03:56am hrs
India's annual monsoon rains should revive in two days after a 10-day lull, the weather office said on Monday, raising hopes for a pick-up in soybean planting in the world's biggest edible oils buyer. The June-September rainfall, which irrigates 60% of the country's farms and drives rural incomes, is vital for the trillion-dollar economy.

We expect the southwest monsoon to cover new areas in the next two days, BP Yadav, spokesman of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said.

The rains were 12% below normal for June 1-27, the weather office said. Countrywide rainfall was 122.4mm during the period against a normal 139.7mm.

We expect some spectacular revival in July, Yadav said.

The monsoon was above normal in rice, corn and cane growing areas of south India, but sluggish in the rest of the country, including soybean-growing areas of central India.