As India's "granary" exhausts groundwater, farmers eye new crops
CHANDIGARH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is hailed as India's granary, but the northwestern state of Punjab faces a drastic decline in agricultural output unless it halts the rapid depletion of its groundwater, experts warn.
Groundwater irrigates almost three-quarters of Punjab’s agricultural land, but groundwater levels are dropping by 40 to 50 cm (16 to 20 inches) a year, according to Rajan Aggarwal, head of the soil and water engineering department at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
That has left farmers like Ajmir Singh struggling as their irrigation wells dry up.... read more
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