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Rains 22 Pct Below Normal In Past Wk

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India's key monsoon rains were 22 per cent below normal in the week to Aug. 3 from 23 per cent below average showers in the previous week, the weather office said on Thursday, and a second straight week of weakness.

The rains, which are crucial for 60 per cent of the major rice and sugar producers' farms without irrigation, improved over south India and the western coast.

Key rice-growing areas of West Bengal and Orissa had rains between 38 per cent and 69 per cent below normal whereas Andhra Pradesh, important for rice and also cotton, saw rains 6-28 per cent above normal.

Last year, rainfall was 16 per cent above normal in the week to Aug. 4, after a weak start in June, and ended the four-month season as normal.

The monsoon is expected to revive over central and north India next week, weather officials said on Wednesday, allaying concerns of a third straight week of poor rainfall which could hit output prospects for summer planted crops such as cane and cotton.


 


(Reuters)


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