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Maha farmers need permission to grow water-guzzling crops; experts disagree

Rice, wheat and sugarcane which together account for 43 per cent of total cropped area, consume almost 80 per cent of freshwater available in the country, shows a study

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Need of the hour: The ferocity and intensity of water disputes across the country are all indicators that this problem is with us, here and now, and not in some hypothetical future

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
The latest draft under Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Rules 2018 that requires a farmer in notified groundwater stressed areas to seek permission before sowing ‘water intensive crop,’ might be a welcome initiative towards conservation of natural resources but farmers’ organization are not happy with the move.  They say there are better alternatives available to wean farmers away from water-guzzling crops.

One option, which farmers’ groups advocate is implementing a price mechanism that incentivises farmers who refrain from growing water-guzzling crops in water-scarce areas.

Though the farmers agreed that wasteful usage of water should be curbed, they said authorities should

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First Published: Aug 29 2018 | 12:55 AM IST

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