Issue Date: Nov 30, 2013
The article, “Rain lash” (September 1-15, 2013), is a warning message to not only the Maharashtra government but also the farming community, agriculture scientists and irrigation engineers. Recent monsoon rains in the Vidarbha region wreaked havoc and caused irreparable damage to both crops and the soil in 5,000 hectares. Vidarbha is normally a semi-arid/dry pocket where recurring droughts can be seen every four-five years. The lacuna lies in the approach to solving the problem.