SARVE, Maharashtra - Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across the country, raising fears of lower yields and surging food prices in a mostly impoverished nation.
Farming accounts for nearly 18 percent of India’s $1.8 trillion economy and supports the livelihood of millions. Since 60 percent of farmlands are rain-fed, a failed monsoon can seriously impact food prices and the economy as a whole. If the county receives deficient rains during the four-month long rainy season starting June, the following sectors would be negatively affected: Full Article
Cause And Effect
Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after the government said the country was headed for its first drought in six years. Full Article