06 June 2016 at 0:00 GMT
Nikkei Asian Review
A lack of monsoon rain has been causing widespread drought conditions across India and has highlighted the need for new water management policies. These should include reducing incentives that encourage the cultivation of water-intensive crops, such as rice, cotton and sugarcane, in dry regions as well as promoting rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation. India's agricultural sector is vulnerable to drought since 60 million out of 140 mln ha of cultivable land are dependent on rain for irrigation. There has not been much action to address the root cause of the water crisis. Diversification towards less water-intensive crops like beans, oilseeds and coarse cereals needs to be considered as demand for these crops far exceeds supply in the country.
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