Crisis in Madhya Pradesh: Double whammy in offing; after farmers protest, state set to be hit by new fury

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Updated: September 7, 2017 12:17:53 PM

Almost three months after Madhya Pradesh exploded in farmers unrest over falling crop prices, the state is set to face another huge setback - that of drought fury.

Monsoon in india, monsoon in Madhya Pradesh, farmers protest,  farmers unrest, rabi crop, Kharif cropThe deficient rainfall and depleting underground water levels as in reservoirs are posing a big threat to the state. (Representative image IE)

Almost three months after Madhya Pradesh exploded in farmers unrest over falling crop prices, the state is set to face another huge setback – that of drought fury. The deficient rainfall and depleting underground water levels as in reservoirs are posing a big threat to the state. Madhya Pradesh has received 24.6 per cent below normal rainfall during the current monsoon season which begins from June 1 and ends September 6. It has been recorded that out of 51 districts at least 31 received deficient rainfall this year.

Rainfall deficiency has been less in Neemuch-Mandsaur-Ratlam belt which saw major protest by farmers well up in the month of June. Rainfall deficiency is sure to impact the Kharif crop and will leave behind its effect on the Rabi planting season as well. Rajesh Rajora who is the principal secretary in the MP government said that both the cropping season will be highly affected by the dearth of rainfall and planting of crops consuming less water has to be promoted. Indian Express quoted Rajora saying, ” the Kharif crop is under stress, especially in the (eastern) Shahdol and (northern) Chambal and Gwalior divisions. Rabi is going to be equally critical. We will have to reevaluate our planting program (in the light of the soil moisture stress) and promote rabi pulses like masoor (lentil) and chana (chickpea). Even in wheat, we will have to go for varieties that consume less water.”

After a field survey by an official from Bhopal-based Directorate of Pulses Development confirmed that Narsinghpur, Harda, Betul and Jabalpur districts revealed no major damage on either the soybean or Kharif pulses crops. MP’s agriculture cabinet which met on Monday expressed concerns over the deficient rainfall in the state. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan who chaired the meeting asked officials to be prepared with emergency plans for a potential crisis.

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