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In December, a devastating drought in southern India hit the country’s agricultural sector, leaving farmers unable to produce crops.
Now, the rains have finally begun to return, and the drought is likely to worsen.
With the rain, farmers have started planting again.
This could help them produce more food, but it will also mean more drought.
It is no coincidence that this is the first time in the last 50 years that farmers in southern Maharashtra, one of India’s most densely populated regions, have started to plant again.
“The rains have not arrived yet, but we are preparing ourselves to be prepared,” said Rajendra Singh, the general secretary of the Maharashtra Farmers Federation.
“This is the second time in two years that we have started the planting of new fields.”
The drought has been devastating for farmers across India.
Since last year, the country has lost more than two million hectares of land and over 40% of its cropland.
The worst affected regions have been Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the drought in India is responsible for an estimated 60 million deaths a year and has already killed half of the countrys farmers.
The drought has forced farmers to move closer to cities, especially those that have large populations.
“Farmers are having to go out and seek help from the government to get water,” said the general manager of the rural agricultural cooperative, Pankaj Goyal.
“I don’t think they are going to go back to their villages.
We will get water in our gardens and in our fields.
But there will be no milk.”
As the rains return, farmers are hoping the rains will ease the stress of the drought.
This is one of the most important times to be a farmer.
“We will be able to take care of our family’s needs, which have been a burden on us,” said Goyal, who is a farmer himself.
“But the biggest thing is that the rains come.
That will give us more confidence to start planting again.”
While many farmers are planning to plant more crops, the number of those planning to start harvesting has been increasing, with nearly a third of those surveyed saying they were planning to harvest again.
“We want to be able do more than just planting,” said Vasant Kulkarni, a farmer in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.
“It is time for us to start to think about harvesting again.”