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Monsoon revives after weakest first month of season in five years
04-07-2014

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rain revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on Thursday.

A late surge in the monsoon rain has come as a relief to farmers who can now begin to plant summer crops such as rice, corn, cane, soybean and cotton.

“The monsoon has revived in many parts of central and north India,” said BP Yadav, head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at the India Meteorological Department.

India, one of the world's top producers and consumers of rice, corn, cooking oil, sugar and cotton, relies heavily on the summer rains as nearly half of its farmland is rain fed.

July, the second month of the monsoon season, usually receives the maximum rainfall, accounting for about a third of the seasonal rainfall. Summer sowing activities pick up during the month as the monsoon rains cover the entire the country.