Kota: Even as the rest of the north of the country bears with an unforgiving summer season and a drought-like situation in many of its parts, in Rajasthan, grain rot continues and it is not a meager amount. Nearly Rs 2 crore worth of wheat still remains in the open.
CNN-IBN visited a farmer family in Kota which had just enough grain to last it four weeks.
The irony is that the family had a bumper harvest this year. Earlier this month, they had taken the crop to Kota to sell it to Food Corporation of India. But just before the purchase, rains caught the FCI officials napping and the grain was left in the open, rotting.
Said Mangiram, the farmer, "I lost almost my entire crop to the rain and I already have too much debt to borrow more money for seeds."...more
08:45 AM, Jul 05, 2012