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Rural distress could trigger mass migration to cities

Sowing area in major grain-producing states estimated to be much lower this year

Rural distress could trigger mass migration to cities

Rural distress could worsen in India’s food bowl states, which have been hit by droughts in the past two years, thereby leading to lower yields. As a result, rural income could fall, which, in turn, might trigger mass migration to urban areas. “Farmers in Bundelkhand area of the state might soon pack their bags and move to towns in search of livelihood,” said Sahiblal Shukla, a farmer in Chitrakut in Uttar Pradesh. “The two successive drought years have left very little water in the reservoirs and that will not be sufficient for farming. The moisture content in ...