By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India saw 18% more rainfall than average in June as the monsoon covered the entire country nearly two weeks earlier than usual, the state-run weather office said on Tuesday.
Monsoons deliver about 70% of India's annual rainfall and are the lifeblood of its $2.
9 trillion economy, spurring farm output and boosting rural spending on items ranging from gold to cars, motorcycles and refrigerators.
Soybean, pulses and cotton-growing regions in central and western India saw 31% more rainfall.