It says rains pours life to the soil but what if this life-giving water becomes a life threatening weapon. Northern and Western India are witnessing this unexpected glimpse of monsoon in the month of March and it stunned everybody. This unseasonal rains and storms affected mostly Rajasthan including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh partially. Rajasthan has been the most affected state with heavy rainfall and Hailstorm. It demolished almost 100% crops of Rabi in the state. Multiple weather systems have caused this widespread rains and hailstorms. In Rajasthan, the size of hailstones was of up to golf balls size which thrashed the standing crops. Dozen people died and there was huge toll of livestock because of house collapse and lightening.

In Rajasthan, as strong weather triggered due to the western disturbance across vast swathes of north and west India caused extensive damage to winter crops ripe for harvest. According to the agricultural officials, at least 20 districts were flattened to the ground and harvested crops spoilt in the open market. This western disturbance bore in the Arabian Sea and affected Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Rabi Crops which includes wheat, mustard, cumin, barley, gram, poppy, and potato are majorly affected by this hailstorm. Isabgol cropS also smashed in this untimely rains and storms. If we talk about Maharashtra vineyard, pomegranate and grape yields affected very badly.

Indian economy is majorly driven by agriculture and this hazardous situation will bring problems for government in coming days. These untimely rains and storms are a challenge for this new government because inflation would be one of the biggest concerns with supply of optimum demand. Modi government has come up with many farmers friendly techniques and policy but this unexpected damage would be a bigger problem for the government.’ More crop, per drop’ and ‘swasth dhara khet hara’ were some of the visionary ideas from the agricultural policies of this government.

Farm sector shares for about 15% of India’s nearly $2 trillion economy, Asia’s third biggest. India is world’s second biggest producer of wheat, rice, sugar and cotton. Wheat is strongly smashed up to 100% in Rajasthan and farmers facing biggest tragedy due to this weather disturbance. Government has to work for these problems:

  • India is self-sufficient in major food grains and this situation will send India into the global market to meet up the demands of essential food grains such as wheat.
  • Harvesting more crops will result in the low price in the market which allows the government to take steps to cut the fiscal deficit and farm subsidies.
  • Inflation will be increased due to this loss of crops.
  • It will affect the equity market.
  • Farmers will have to shoulder the burden of loans which government would need to subsidize or demolished and give farmers immediate relief.

These are some challenges with inflation control would be a headache for the government and they will have to work to balance the economy and to keep growth rate unaffected.



Contributor: Sudha Joshi