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IMD monsoon forecast: Normal rain, fair distribution across India

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New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement on Tuesday that the country would receive “normal” monsoon, with a fair distribution of rainfall across major parts of country.

Monsoon 2017 will be qualitatively 96 percent of long-period average (LPA), with a model error of plus or minus 5 per cent, IMD said.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General K J Ramesh said there would be good distribution of rainfall across the country. “The country will receive 96 per cent of Long Period Average,” he said.

Although, Indian agriculture is gradually getting delinked from monsoon and the impact of a failed monsoon is not as severe as it has been in the past, but nonetheless the June to September rains are vital for farming as less than half of the total arable land in the country is under irrigation.

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