Monsoon rains in India in 2017 are expected to reach 98% of the long-term average
NEW YORK (Reuters) - India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to hit 98 percent of the long-term average this year, the state-run weather office said on Tuesday, up two percentage points from its previous forecast, Agricultural production and economic growth.

Monsoons account for about 70 percent of annual rainfall in India and are critical to the agricultural sector, which accounts for about 15 percent of India's economy and employs more than half of India's 1.3 billion people.

Monthly rainfall in the country is expected to add up to 96 percent of the long-term average in July, and 99 percent in August, the Indian Meteorological Department said on a projection with a 9 percent margin of error.