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Maharashtra Farmers Forced to Postpone Marriages of Daughters After Crop Losses Due to Excess Rains

The minimum support price (MSP) of crops should be decided on the basis of cost and a new law should be formulated, keeping in mind the concerns raised by the farmers to resolve the dispute arising out of the new farm laws, the BKS said. Image for representation.

The minimum support price (MSP) of crops should be decided on the basis of cost and a new law should be formulated, keeping in mind the concerns raised by the farmers to resolve the dispute arising out of the new farm laws, the BKS said. Image for representation.

A number of cultivators are now facing financial woes due to crop damage following the rains.

Crop losses due to excess rainfall during the monsoon season this year have forced some farmers in the Vihamandva area here in Maharashtra to postpone the marriages of their daughters.

Rains subsided in the area about a fortnight back, but farmers are still unable to enter their inundated fields and they have expressed apprehensions that the sowing of Rabi crops will now get delayed.

Vihamandva circle, located about 80 km from the Aurangabad district headquarters on the north side of the Godavari river in Paithan tehsil, which was till now a drought-prone area, received 241.9 per cent rain this year.

As against the average expected rainfall of 564.6 mm, the area recorded a 1,365.9 mm downpour, according to the revenue department.

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Farmers were expecting a good yield of crops like soybean, cotton and pigeon pea, but there was an excessive downpour last month when the crops were almost ready to be harvested.

A number of cultivators are now facing financial woes due to crop damage following the rains.

Vishwas Gabhud, a resident of Gabhud Vasti near Vihamandva circle, told.

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first published:October 19, 2021, 10:56 IST