New Delhi: The monsoon rains were 16% above normal in the week to 8 June , the weather office said on Thursday, suggesting the rainy season is progressing as expected, which will aid planting of summer crops like rice, oilseeds, cane and cotton.
The data from the India Meteorological Department is available in a map form on its website: http://www.imd.gov.in/section/hydro/dynamic/weelly-rainfall.htm
In the previous week, rains were 12% above average with particularly heavy downpour in tea, rubber and coffee areas of southern India, and rice and cotton growing areas in the west.
Last year, which saw a normal monsoon, rainfall was normal in the week ending 9 June.
The monsoon, vital for farm output in India’s trillion-dollar economy, hit the country’s southern coast on 29 May this year, three days ahead of schedule.
At this early stage, crops are not greatly affected even if rains are above average.