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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 10:48
Monsoon Forecast Cheers Up Indian Farmers
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India's meteorological department says it forecast an above-average monsoon this year, offering hope for farmers at a time when several regions are facing severe drought.

Key agricultural states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are facing a crippling shortage of rainfall that has hurt the farming sector and forced the rationing of drinking water to some communities.

The rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be above normal, and some of the worst-affected regions could also expect sufficient rains.

India's agriculture sector, which employs about 60 percent of the population, is largely monsoon-reliant.

 

 

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