All's not well in drought-hit state

Villagers collecting water from an almost dried-up well in Mhaismal village in Nashik district of the Indian state of Maharashtra last week. A prolonged drought has raised the spectre of a rise in farmer suicides in the state, where around nine farme
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Villagers collecting water from an almost dried-up well in Mhaismal village in Nashik district of the Indian state of Maharashtra last week. A prolonged drought has raised the spectre of a rise in farmer suicides in the state, where around nine farmers commit suicide every day, according to data for 2015 that was tabled in India's Upper House of Parliament. According to the data, crop failure is one of the major causes of farmer suicide in Maharashtra.     

According to reports, 21 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra are affected by drought. The dry spell prompted 11 states to declare a drought last year, and has now choked the growth of crops like sesame, millet and rice for the second monsoon season in a row.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'All's not well in drought-hit state'. Print Edition | Subscribe