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Marathwada stares at water scarcity due to low crop yield

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The region of Maharashtra, a perennially drought-plagued area, is once again staring at a severe scarcity.

Over 41 per cent of the villages in this region of central have reported 'paisewari' (average yield) below 50 paise. This will force the to mull augmenting foodgrain and supply in the region.

A data compiled by the department revealed that more than 3,500 villages in have reported paisewari less than 50 paise.

This means the scarcity of basic resources such as foodgrain production and is less by 50 per cent of its actual capacity.

The seasonal paisewari is an official measure of the crop yield.

As a routine practice, officials survey villages to assess the post-monsoon situation and prepare a report.

The helps the to initiate measures such as tanker-based water supply, fodder camps for cattle and creation of temporary jobs for rural population to tide over any drought-like situation.

Erratic showers are generally the main cause of less paisewari, a senior official said.

"There are 8,535 villages in - the biggest region in the state. Of these, 3,577 villages (around 41 pc) have reported less than 50 per cent paisewari.

"It means the state will (have to) prioritise water and foodgrain supply to these villages," he said.

"Of the 153 days of the monsoon in Marathwada last year, 94 days were dry. This clearly means there were more dry days in the monsoon season then wet.

"The region received only 86 per cent of its average rainfall," said the official.

The other parts of the state such as Vidarbha, North and West and Konkan, are comparatively in a better condition, the officials said.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 14:15 IST