Marriages on hold, children being returned from schools over unpaid fees; the rural economy is bearing the brunt of unseasonal rains, a crisis in the sugar cane sector and a fall in prices of farm produce
MARCH 19 2015 BUSINESS STANDARD SAHIL MAKKAR SANJEEB MUKHERJEE
In the mid-afternoon, when most farmers are returning home to rest, Rana Ranjit Singh is sweating buckets on his farm in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district, searching for vegetables left undamaged after untimely rain a couple of nights ago.
Singh, 62, sporting a partly-torn kurta-pyjama, is distressed at the loss of his wheat crop. “This is what is left for us to eat,” says Singh, pointing to rotting and unripe crops of wheat and mustard in his field. The damage caused by unseasonal rain has further hit the rural economy, already under the burden of falling prices. With prices of paddy, milk, etc, dropping in the past year, the incomes of farmers have dropped. Many attribute this to the “unfriendly policies” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…continue reading