Ruling out the possibility of a deficient monsoon, India Meteorological Department on Thursday said 96 per cent chances are that the rainfall this year would be normal to excess.Releasing the second long-range forecast, IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said North-West India will receive 108% rainfall of the Long Period Average while central India and southern peninsula will receive 113% of LPA.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North-Eastern Region is expected to get 94% of rainfall which is “below normal”.Anything less than 90% of the LPA is termed as a “deficient” monsoon and 90-96% of the LPA is rated as “below normal”. Monsoon is considered “normal” if the LPA is between 96 and 104% of the LPA.”Above normal” monsoon is between 104-110% of the LPA and anything beyond 110% is considered “excess”.Agriculture, which contributes 15% to India’s GDP and employs about 60% of the country’s population, is heavily dependent on the monsoon as only 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation.Due to poor monsoon in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), 10 states have declared drought and the Centre has sanctioned about Rs 10,000 crore by way of relief to help the farmers.

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96% probability that monsoon will be normal and in excess: IMD