Hail­storms hit Ma­ha­rash­tra

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - H E AV Y A N D DOWN TO EARTH

un­sea­sonal rains and hail­storms have dam­aged an es­ti­mated 88,000 hectares of stand­ing crops and or­chards in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Nashik, Jal­gaon, Dhule, Nan­dur­bar and San­gli are the worstaf­fected dis­tricts. Farm­ers in th­ese ar­eas were al­ready fac­ing a dual cri­sis, brought on by a de­fi­cient mon­soon and sim­i­lar hail­storms in Fe­bru­ary and March 2014. In De­cem­ber, farm­ers from Nashik dis­trict blocked traf­fic on the Mumbai-Agra high­way, de­mand­ing a com­plete loan waiver and fresh in­ter­est-free loans for the next crop sea­son.

LOKESH TIWARI

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