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Drought damages nearly 60% of orange orchards in Vidarbha, forces farmers to cultivate other crops

Updated : June 25, 2019 04:38 PM IST

Changing weather patterns, scanty rainfall in the last two years and prolonged high temperatures throughout the months of May and June have severely hit orange cultivators across Amravati and Nagpur districts.
Amla village has not been declared drought hit yet but is in the ‘almost drought like’ list, meaning not all drought relief measures reach the farmers in the region.
Being entirely dependent on monsoons and failed by a pending lift canal irrigation project that hasn’t materialised on the ground, the lucrative cash crop of oranges has become a liability for the farmers.
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