The article written by Eshwer Kale and Marcella D’Souza was published in the compendium ‘Water Conservation and Saving in Agriculture: Initiatives, Achievements and Challenges in Maharashtra’ by Water Resources Department (WRD) Government of Maharashtra.
6th October, Pune
Pressure is mounting on governments and industries to act quickly and contain the impacts of climate
change. This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in Incheon,
South Korea to release its special report on a 1.5 C global temperature rise. While researchers and
academicians debate on the niceties of the Summary for Policy Makers, the vulnerable and affected
farming community is ramping up its demands for protection and incentives to continue with a severely
affected but critical livelihood activity. Farmers in India stormed into the capital, New Delhi, with a long
list of demands including fair prices for crops, better insurance coverage, loan waivers for seasons where
output was poor or destroyed by weather and market aberrations.