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NEW DELHI, April 18 India's crucial monsoon
rains are expected to be average in 2017, a senior official at
the weather office said on Tuesday, easing concerns over farm
and economic growth in the world's leading producer of an array
of farm goods.
Monsoon rains in 2017 would be 96 percent of a long-term
average, K. J. Ramesh, director general of the state-run India
Meteorological Department, told a news conference.
India's weather office defines average, or normal, rainfall
as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 89
cm for the entire four-month season beginning June.
(Reporting by Mayank Bhardwaj and Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing
by Malini Menon)