Ram Dass (right) poses for a portrait in his barren farmland in village Rajagaon of block Machreta in Uttar Pradesh, India. Late rains have affected his livelihood adversely. Instead of his farming, he has started doing daily wage labour to feed his 20 member family. The 4 month annual rainfall is crucial to summer sown crops as 60% of the farmlands are rainfed. North India experienced scanty rainfall in late june to july. Till August, rain in India has been 26% below 5 year average. Late rains moist the fields but it is not enough for rice, sugarcane, oilseeds and pulses. Late rains also damage the alternate crops that need less water.
- Sanjit Das
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