The India Meteorological Department is expected to give a crucial, updated forecast for the monsoon on Friday. Importantly, this forecast is likely to gauge the monsoon’s performance during July, the most bountiful of the four rainy months.
Across India, most states begin sowing key kharif, or summer, crops such as rice and maize around this time.
While rains are traditionally vital for India’s agriculture, this year it is particularly important. Not only will good rains have a positive impact on the economy, it would, as finance minister Pranab Mukherjee observed, temper inflation.
Compiled by Tanya Mehndiratta
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