India likely to receive good Monsoon: IMD Chief


India is likely to receive above average monsoon rainfall this year, the chief of the weather office said on Tuesday.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on April 18 , monsoon rains at 96 percent of a 50-year average of 89 cm.

The director general of the state-run India Meteorological Department, K.J. Ramesh said “Things have changed for the good since then,” in an interview with Reuters.

He further added “We assessed 96 percent based on the climatological conditions up to March. Now, conditions are becoming favourable for an improvement over our April 18 estimate.”

In India average, or normal, rainfall ranges between 96 percent and 104 percent of the 50-year average.

As per experts , good forecasting could help India amplify its farm output by nearly 15% by helping farmers to know the best time to sow seeds , irrigate or apply fertiliser and if rains fail, plan state-wide measures accordingly.

Pre-Monsoon showers has already reached the southern part of India.

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