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Abundant late rains bring new hope for farmers in the coming rabi season

Reduced dependence on irrigation due to high soil moisture content could bring down production cost and boost margins

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

Anil Goswami, a 45-year-old farmer from Budhni town near Bhopal, had shifted from soybeans to maize few years in the hope of better returns. A few years after the transition, he did end up making good money, as the overall the market was favourable for maize, save for a few seasons. In the last kharif season (2018), maize was selling at over Rs 22 per kilogram, making it one of the most valuable crop for farmers.

Encouraged, Goswami decided to expand his acreage by taking some land on lease. However, relentless rains since last few months have dashed all his hopes. Not only did ...

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First Published: Wed, October 30 2019. 14:36 IST
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