Hailstorms hit Maharashtra
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.