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India gets 6% above-average monsoon rains in June-Sept season

MUMBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - India's monsoon rainfall was 6% higher than normal in the June-September season as excessive precipitation in central and southern areas offset lesser rains in eastern and northern states, the state-run weather office said on Friday.

The monsoon, which accounts for about 75% of India's annual rainfall, is vital as nearly half of the country's farmland does not have irrigation.

The India Meteorological Department had forecast a 3% surplus rainfall for the four-month-long season. (Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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