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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
How drought is crippling the farm sector

Tambe age 45 shows his dry farm at Yedashi village, Osmanabad ,due to water scarcity for the last five years. Tambe fears he might have to sell his two acres of non-irrigated land. He is unable to repay the Rs 2 lakh loan to a moneylender. “I was not able to repay crop loan last year. Fed up of constant crop collapse, endless wait for the elusive rain, under duress by people who lent them money and incapable to take care of their family’s daily needs, farmers have been committing suicide in Maharashtra’s Marathwada and Vidharba region for years now. The widespread drought followed by freak rains and hailstorms have pushed many more over the edge. In many cases, the calamities have claimed two successive crops. The situation is so worse that every single village in the region has been declared drought hit.

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Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Osmanabad , India, India
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Shanth Kumar SL