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Relief for farmers and economy: IMD predicts above-normal monsoon this year | India News – Times of India

India's monsoon season is crucial for the country's agriculture and overall economy. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday predicted above-normal rainfall for the core monsoon zone this season, which is a significant relief for the nation facing heatwaves and potential drought conditions. The monsoon rains, expected to be 106% of the long-term average of 87 cm, are vital for irrigating crops, replenishing reservoirs, and supporting the $3.5 trillion economy.The monsoon season, spanning from June to September, delivers almost 70% of the annual rainfall required for agriculture and water resources.With 52% of India's cultivated area depending on rain-fed irrigation, the forecast of above-normal rainfall is expected to boost farm output and economic growth, potentially lowe...