Apart from economic gains and increased production, mixed cropping has helped a Tamil Nadu farmer save on water for irrigation – a precious resource in the drought ridden region.
Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought.
Crossing a border entitles refugees to international protection, whereas internally-displaced persons remain the responsibility of national governments – often falling through the gaps as a result.
Despite the fact that food crises can be prevented, they continue to arise due to the community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not.
The insurance coverage in 2015 was 22.3%, with a government expenditure of Rs 2,955 crore. But by spending 4.5x since, how does the government admit to a coverage of only 23%?
R. Baskaran has been studying climatic variations and planning his crops accordingly to achieve a good yield, even under drought conditions.
Statistical analysis suggests that farmers in states that have amended the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act are less likely to commit suicide, but further reforms are needed to reduce the incidence of farmer suicides across the country.
The lack of any law to protect groundwater levels is actively hampering any efforts to enable and encourage the natural replenishment of the NCT’s water table.
Having been criticised in the past for failing to predict the monsoons correctly, IMD has said it has now improved its system.
In one example, for livestock farmers, dung beetles increase foraging palatability, check the breeding of pests and help recycle nitrogen through the soil.
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The historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s vice chancellor spoke to The Wire about the state of Indian agriculture and what Indian youth and the government can do to improve things.
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Tamil Nadu continues to witness cycles of flood and drought annually. Mismanagement of traditional water management systems is one of the main reasons.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
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The Kerala government has decided to scale up the well-recharging programme called Mazhapolima (Rain Bounty) from Thrissur district to all parts of the state.
The national state of emergency comes after 172 of the country’s 339 municipalities declared their own emergencies related to the drought.
Nearly two decades after Balmati Naik died of starvation in Barlabaheli village in Odisha, her orphan son – who never fully recovered from the malnutrition of his childhood – and his family, are still struggling to survive.
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.
Commercial Black farmers are suffering losses and becoming dependent on drought assistance. Experts believe that rainfall now won’t salvage the situation.
As soon as Times Now’s interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended on Monday night, two of The Wire’s founding editors, M.K. Venu and Siddharth Varadarajan went live on Facebook to critically analyse what was said and left unsaid in the 90 minute broadcast. An edited transcript.
Even though the monsoon forecast is good news for the country, it might not be the same for the people living in low lying areas prone to flooding.
The solitary cyclist travels the Chambal valley through heat, dust and rain to meet and give voice to those who risk being forgotten in India’s quest for development.
Centre and state governments have not followed through on providing food grains, mid-day meals, loans or MGNREGA payments.
The governments need to realise their obligation towards the marginalised and cannot wait for the courts to remind them of their duties.
Given the increasing competition for water for different uses like agriculture and domestic supply, it is clear that such problems are likely to increase in the future.
Compartmentalised responses are unlikely to be adequate to address the current water crises.
Urgent steps need to be taken to enable farmers to plant the next crop in case the rains are good this year and to protect animals.
Mungaura is one of the worst affected villages in the drought-hit Banda district of Bundelkhand in UP.
Drought-hit villagers in Bundelkhand are not receiving the kind of employment and rations they desperately need.
A number of factors, including poor access to healthcare and increased pressure to work in hazardous conditions, is causing the mortality rate to rise.
Banda is one of the most acutely drought-affected districts in the country. Residents in its various villages have complained of not getting adequate work and wages guaranteed to them under MNREGA
As a society, we should be ashamed that year after year, farmers beg for a decent livelihood and are forced to take their lives.
A study shows that although water inequality is a natural phenomenon, it is exacerbated and causes drought because water is routed to the already developed, the politically powerful and the economically better-off.
The citizen’s collective Wada Na Todo Abhiyan has painstakingly documented the systematic budgetary cuts in social welfare programmes over the last two years and has called out the government’s pro-corporate policies that have marginalised the poor further.
“We hope that the honourable Supreme Court’s MGNREGA order will be duly obeyed and will result in immediate and appropriate action,” the activists said.
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