But crops are not greatly affected by the quantity of rains in these initial stages, with distribution of rainfall in mid-July after the monsoon should cover the entire country more important for their growth.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast average rainfall for the whole June to September season - the third year in a row to avoid a drought.
The monsoon rains are important for farm output and economic growth as about 55 per cent of the south Asian nation's arable land is rain-fed, and the farm sector accounts for about 15 per cent of a nearly $2-trillion economy, Asia's third-biggest.
The monsoon rains were 36 per cent below average in the first week, reflecting a delay in the arrival of the seasonal rains over south from the usual June 1 start date.
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