Extreme weather, erratic rain hurt marginal farmers: Report

Jayashree Nandi

Smallholder farmers in India are reporting crop losses due to erratic and extreme rainfall induced partly by climate change, according to a report by Forum of Enterprises for Equitable Development, an independent non-profit and Development Intelligence Unit.

Nearly 50% of rice and wheat farmers surveyed for the analysis reported crop loss due to the last extreme weather event to hit them. Of them, 50% lost at least half their standing rice crop during the event, while 42% lost at least half of their standing wheat crop, the report found. On an average, each marginal farmer faced a loss of ₹8,400 for rice during crop loss and a loss of ₹9,200 for winter wheat, said the report released on Tuesday.

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