Indian Farmers Suffer without Rain

30.06.2014

While Russia and China struggle against flooded rivers and mudslides, caused by unprecendented rains, India is suffocating from drought. Large part of India’s economy, besides Bollywood and tourism, is agriculture, which is 14% of the country’s GDP. Moreover, only half of the lands are artificially irrigared, other farmers hope for rains. And poor harvest of spring crops can cause products price rise and consequently econimic slowdown for a country with not the highest standard of living.

 Usually this time of the year seasonal monsoons begin to blow in tropics, bringing rainfalls from the ocean

Usually this time of the year seasonal monsoons begin to blow in tropics, bringing rainfalls from the ocean. But this year Indian meteorologists are at a loss, because in the end of June there were 30% of normal rainfalls. It caused late seeding and maturation of such important crops as rice, corn, soybeans, sugar cane and cotton. However, weather forecasts are not too bad. According to scientists, it’s early to talk about total drought in India. Farmers anchor all their hopes for the begging of July which is promised to be more rainy.