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Fall in food production likely as floods, drought hit 18 states this monsoon

India witnessed a sharp rise in weather-related calamities this year, with farming in as many as 18 states across the country being affected by floods, heavy rain or drought.

Top officials cited data compiled by the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare to state that nearly four million hectares of agricultural land have fallen victim to the vagaries of nature this monsoon, resulting in a drop in area under cultivation for crops such as rice, pulses and oilseeds.

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