151 Districts Are Reeling Under Climate Change In India And It's Going To Affect Farming Badly
In a report that would put nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmers in the worrying situation, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has said that nearly 151 district which accounts to 20 per cent of the total districts in India are susceptible to the impact of climate change.
The effects of climate change on Indian agriculture which employs 50 per cent population and accounts for 17 per cent of economic output of India.
Jharkhand’s Sahibganj district, rice-growing Maltos tribe are looking for alternative source of income as the change in the temperature and rainfall patterns, according to a 2016 study by researcher Hoinu Kipgen Lamtinhoi.
Apple belts in Himachal Pradesh have been moving to higher altitudes now as the lower area doesn't witness sufficient cold, the ICAR study found. The plains and wheat yielding states like Punjab and Haryana have also felt the effect of climate change. The temperature spike in seen a decrease of 26 percent in wheat yield in Punjab in 2010, according to a Ludhiana based Borlaug Institute.
“These are the evidence of changing of weather patterns in India,” HT quoted Pramod Aggarwal, one of India’s top climate scientists and a former national professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).
“A lot of people debate climate change. Even if we don’t use these two words, there is sufficient evidence on the impact of changes in rainfall and temperature in India,” Aggarwal said.
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