India - Excess rains wash away almost 34,000
Around a month back the farmers were staring at crop failure due to lack of rain. But last week's excessive downpour proved to be a double whammy for them. Not only standing crops but also agricultural land was washed away in Jamnagar district and parts of Rajkot district.
Apart from counting this season's crop loss, the farmers are also worried over the hardships they will face over the next two-three years. "We have lost this season's crop. But our major worry is to make the land suitable for farming again. Farmers will have to flatten the agricultural land and lay new soil. It will be a few years before most of us can take a new crop," Pal Ambaliya, president of Kisan congress said.
Official figures state that an estimated 34,000 hectares of agricultural land was