About 11,108 villages of 34 districts in Maharashtra, India were hit by severe drought during 2013. There were shortages of water, not only for drinking, but also for watering crops. Farmers were helpless and people didn’t know where to go for help and many left the area in search of work and food. As tankers were made available and hand pumps were repaired, water was more accessible but villagers knew that more needed to be done. People are now thinking about adopting an alternative cropping pattern. They are considering adopting sustainable crops instead of cash crops. For example, mango trees need sufficient care and nurture in the beginning stages, but once they are grown they can survive even when there is an obvious scarcity of water.
This drought has left many in need of immediate relief. Here is one story of survival:
My name is Sunil Gangaram Landge. I am 39 years old. We have 2 sons and a daughter. Continue Reading »