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Let it rain: early monsoon gives glimmer of hope for heat-ravaged India

Early rains increase the prospect of a boost for farming in a country where 60% of people rely on the sector

Pratik Parija

The monsoon has arrived earlier than normal in India, raising hopes that output of crops such as rice and oilseeds will get a boost after a brutal heatwave hit winter-sown wheat and prompted the nation to restrict exports.  

The southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala three days ahead of its normal date, according to the India Meteorological Department on Sunday.

The livelihood of millions of farmers in the country of about 1.4-billion people depends on rains brought by the winds from the Indian Ocean. The farming sector is the main source of income for 60% of its population and accounts for 18% of the economy. The monsoon, which waters more than half of India’s farmland, normally arrives in the southern Kerala state on June 1.  ..

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