Good summer monsoon and prediction of normal winter rains raise hope for record output in 2021-22 crop year

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The four-month summer monsoon ended as ‘normal’ rainy season on Thursday by bridging the earlier deficit and its withdrawal from northwest India will start from October 6 – the second most delayed withdrawal after 1960, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) while predicting ‘normal’ winter (October-December) monsoon rainfall that occurs in south Peninsular India.