India sees above average monsoon rainfall in June, accelerating crop sowing

Topics Monsoon  | Rainfall | Agriculture

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.

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