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India to receive average monsoon rains in 2019: IMD

India is likely to receive average monsoon rains this year, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday.

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India to receive average monsoon rains in 2019: IMD
"Monsoon rains are expected to be 96 percent of a long-term average," quoted M. Rajeevan, secretary at the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

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 Asia's third-biggest economy, where half of the farmland lacks irrigation.

Monsoon rains are expected to be 96 percent 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 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89 centimetres for the entire four-month season beginning June.

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