Marathwada Diary: Farmers risk a dicey second sowing as rainfall failure stunts growth of Kharif crops
Farmers in Marathwada gamble on a second sowing in a desperate need to raise some cash ahead of Rabi season as they expect poor yield due to rainfall failure during first round of Kharif sowing
Hidden behind a large municipal water tanker is a sign that announces the existence of a camp for distress migrants from the region of Marathwada in Maharashtra
As many as 65 farmers in Marathwada have committed suicide in the first three weeks of April. The highest have been reported from Beed district
Here are some of the measures which could have saved the farmers in the perennially parched Marathwada from distress, had they been implemented
While the sugarcane crop might be at the centre of a debate at present with Marathwada reeling under an unprecedented drought, its history in Maharashtra goes way back.
The rise in the country’s annual temperature by 0.7 °C and erratic climatic patterns are sure to affect Marathwada's agriculture which is primarily rainfed
Three years of drought in Marathwada and extreme weather events have made agriculture unpredictable, but insurance meant to defray the risk is failing farmers
In Marathwada, crop value has collapsed to near-zero as the drought has shrunk agricultural yields. With it, the ability of farmers to raise loans on their land has declined
Activists, hydrologists and village leaders have begun to explore the prospect of implementing water conservation efforts in drought-hit Maharashtra
Toothless water and irrigation laws in Maharashtra explain the paradox of a state with the largest dam infrastructure facing water scarcity and drought
Marathwada drought has seen a rise in farmer suicides due to shrinking income and debts. As a result social and medical interventions have increased
Marathwada’s drought: A surveyor of suicides tells the story behind the statistics and the lonely struggle of Indian farmers
Why are Marathwada’s farmers committing suicide? Is it crop failure, mounting debt or alcoholism? To find answers to these questions, Aurangabad-based organisation Swami Ramanand Tirth Sanshodhan Sansthan is doing a survey in Marathwada.
Marathwada drought: Maha has the most dams in the country, but the least effective irrigation network, leaving lakhs in the lurch
Marathwada drought: When a dam becomes an end, rather than a means to an end, what you get is a grand water and irrigation system on paper and water scarcity on the ground.
Marathwada's drought: Water scarcity has created a region where trust has eroded and left the social fabric frayed
In recent times, the drought in Marathwada has been reported, discussed and debated, but all from a safe distance. News reports, television debates, social media commentary and even judicial pronouncements have been made regarding the situation.
Marathwada's drought: Dry lands, economic deprivation shrinking opportunities, driving workers away from Latur
At first glance, Latur looks like any other Indian town with its dusty congested streets and crowded bazaars. But looks can be deceptive. The town is the epicentre of a process of deindustrialisation and economic deprivation that has spread across the whole district.
Marathwada's drought: In the midst of severe economic downturn, private water sellers reap profits in Latur
The current drought in Marathwada is being compared to the historic drought of 1972, of which some of the town’s older residents have vivid memories
Marathwada's drought: Region is parched, impoverished and desperate, but it's a crisis of its own making
The cries for water and the spurt in suicides in parched Marathwada are just some of the sharp manifestations of the rot that threatens to tear the state apart