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India's Monsoon Arrives Early to Give Boost to Thirsty Crops

  • Rainfall seen at 96 percent of a 50-year average: IMD
  • India recorded normal rain last year after two-year drought
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The southwest monsoon that waters about half of India’s farmland arrived in the country slightly ahead of its normal schedule, giving a boost to farmers planting rice to soybeans crops in coming weeks.

Monsoon rain has reached the southern state of Kerala, K. J. Ramesh, chief of India Meteorological Department, said by phone. The June-September rainy period typically starts on June 1 and the department had predicted a May 30 onset.