It is a Curse to be a Farmer in Marathawada
Apr 11, 2015
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta | Tuesday August 25, 2015
Only 7 per cent of water remains in drought-hit Marathawada's dams. But still that hasn't stopped sugarcane, a highly water intensive crop, from being produced in the region.
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta | Tuesday August 18, 2015
All it took was less than a minute for neighbours to turn from being friendly to vicious. Men, women, children and senior citizens all rushed to the village square. Women began shouting and fighting with one another. This is what happened when a water tanker reached Mangrul village in the drought-hit Marathawada region of Maharashtra.
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta | Monday April 13, 2015
There has been a 50 per cent increase in suicides in the January-March period in Maharashtra's Marathwada region, raising questions if it could go the Vidarbha way.
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta | Saturday April 11, 2015
77 farmers killed themselves between January and March in this region. This year in the first quarter, the figure has jumped by 50% to 114. The vicious cycle simply doesn't seem to end even though the reasons are all well documented. In this rain shadow region the monsoon has largely been replaced by drought.
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta | Monday March 16, 2015
Another fresh spell of heavy unseasonal rains lashed large parts of Maharashtra on Sunday evening, again hitting the spirit of already-beleaguered farmers. Many districts in Vidarbha, Marathawada and western Maharashtra were hit by strong showers and hailstorms accompanied by gusty winds, damaging the standing rabi crop.
India News | Written by Saurabh Gupta | Sunday March 10, 2013
Days after the Maharashtra Police issued a circular asking the force in drought-hit districts to be on alert as water wars could break out and create a law and order situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today responded by saying that panic should not be created as emergency plans are in place and the state will prevent large-scal...
India News | Written by Tejas Mehta, edited by Samira Shaikh | Thursday February 21, 2013
Lush green vineyards, tons of luscious grapes, acres of maize and jowar, and most importantly, millions of litres of water- images that are in stark contrast to the despair visible across Marathawada's eight districts. This isn't Maharashtra's greener western belts of Konkan and Raigad, but this oasis is in the Jalna district in the heart of the Ma...
India News | Tejas Mehta | Tuesday February 19, 2013
His wrinkled face was enough evidence of the vagaries of nature he had battled all his life. Clad in a dull, unwashed dhoti and kurta, along with a few other elderly farmers sat on a creaky wooden bench off the main road at Chaukha village, just 22 kms from Aurangabad city.