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Thursday, 04 June 2015 - 7:47
Drought fears after lower monsoon forecast
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Media and experts are fearing a drought, after India's metrological department lowered its monsoon rains forecast to 88% this year.

Monsoon rains between June to September are crucial for India's farmers and also for the economy.

The forecast in April was about 93% of the long-term average.

But the reduced forecast in June has sparked fears of a drought.

Millions of farmers across the country depend on monsoon rains for good yields and that eventually helps the economy.

But any deficit becomes disastrous for India's farmers. Usually rains below 90% are believed to bring a drought in several parts of India.

Observers say the news is likely to upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic revival plans.

Reports suggest that the government has already started preparing contingency plans.

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