New Delhi: India’s monsoon rains, crucial for the farm-dependent economy, are likely to be 107% of normal in the remaining two months of the June-September season, the weather office said, raising expectations of strong growth in farm output.
The La Nina weather phenomenon, which increases precipitation in south Asia, will boost rainfall, the India Meteorological Department said in a statement on Friday.
“The latest model forecasts from a majority of the dynamical and statistical models indicate very high probability (about 80%) for the La Nina conditions to continue during the remaining part of the monsoon season,” it said.
A normal monsoon, after last year’s driest season in nearly four decades, will help Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government to tame widely watched headline inflation, which surged to 10.55% in June, holding in double digits for the fifth straight month.
Monsoon surged in the past week to deliver its highest weekly rainfall this season, raising hopes of strong harvests in the world’s leading consumer of rice, cooking oils and sugar.