India's monsoon rains, crucial for its trillion-dollar economy, were halted by cyclone Laila last week. But weather officials on Thursday said the annual June-September rains were expected to hit the country's southern tip on schedule in the next three to four days.
State-run India Meteorological Department has forecast that the monsoon would reach the southwestern Kerala state by May 30, two days before normal.
Good rains will boost output of rice, corn, cotton and soybean, softening the blow of last year's driest rains which ravaged farms and hit growth.
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