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Monsoon rains have covered most of India, rainfall within expectations: IMD

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NEW DELHI The seasonal monsoon rains have covered most of India and the amount of precipitation so far is within expectations, the head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, raising hopes for higher farm output after increased sowing of rice and soybean crops.

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Slow monsoon progress delays India soybean sowing - trade body

MUMBAI Soybean sowing in India is likely to get delayed due to the late arrival of monsoon showers in key growing states, trade body Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA) said on Wednesday.

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IMD sees 2017 monsoon rains at 98 percent of long-term average

NEW DELHI India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to reach 98 percent of the long-term average this year, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday, 2 percentage points higher than its previous forecast, potentially boosting farm incomes and economic growth.

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Farmers plant rice saplings in a field in Shamli, Uttar Pradesh July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Monsoon's impact on the Indian economy

The monsoon season starts with the arrival of the rains on the southern Kerala coast around June 1. Its progress triggers planting of summer crops. Here are some facts on the monsoon and its impact:  Factbox 

In Pictures

Summer in India

Summer in India

How people deal with the sizzling summer season in India.  Full Coverage 

Waiting for the rains

Waiting for the rains

Indian reliance on unpredictable seasonal rains has made the yearly monsoon forecast a key event. Here is a look at Indians waiting with bated breath for the rain clouds to gather.  Full Coverage 

Celebrating the rains

Celebrating the rains

A look at how people welcome monsoon showers in India as the sizzling summer heat gives way to rains of relief.  Full Coverage