Farmers all over the country are fighting hard with the low monsoons. They had pinned their hopes to the winter rains for rabi crops. However, unfortunately, deficit winter rainfall has continued to be a setback all across the country for the production of crops.
The most hit state with the deficit rainfall is Maharashtra which had rainfall of 74 percent below the normal. In Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh as well, the deficit was over 60 per cent. Also, in other parts of the country, deficit was around 44 percent below normal. Nana Pande, a farmer from Maharshtra’s Vidarbha region, said that he was not able to grow crops this time. He usually sows gram in the winter season but this year, due to the lack of water, he has not grown it. In the months July to September also, low rainfall had affected his crop of tur. Every year, he is able to harvest 4-5 quintals of tur per acre but he said that he would be lucky if he could get 1.5-2 quintals per acre this year.
Farmers from Mahrashtra’s Beed, Solapur, Jalgaon and Ahmednagar districts are having the same concerns. Their situation got worsened due to the high temperature during the month of November. Only four out of 36 districts in the state are outside the grip of drought, an indication of how grim the situation is.
Experts say that 1972 was recorded as the worst drought year of Maharashtra but this year is going to be even worse.
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