New Delhi: India is likely to receive average monsoon rains this year, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday, raising expectations of higher farm and economic growth in the country, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.
Monsoon rains are expected to be 96 per cent of a long-term average, M Rajeevan, secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences, told a news conference.
The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 per cent and 104 per cent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.
The south-west monsoon typically touches the Indian mainland around June 1 through the Kerala coast. This branch which came via the Bay of Bengal further moves towards Orissa and then turns to cover the Indo-Gangetic plain. Another branch of this monsoon also enters from the Arabian sea and travels north-east towards the Himalayas.