Jun 17, 2015
Farmers in the villages might not term it as climate change can, but they feel it in their daily lives through erratic rains, prolonged summers and harsher sun.
Bhopal/Sehore: Why river Narmada, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is revered as a mother is not without a reason. Since ancient times, the river has sustained tribes as well as agrarian communities that have lived on and around its banks.
However, the river that is considered to be the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is facing challenges not of its own making. Climate change is now impacting the health of the river, which also impacts the sustenance of the lush green fields of wheat and chickpea around the Narmada. Narmada, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is in danger due to declining water quality and quantity.
If the pattern continues and the river’s health keeps going down, it will subsequently result in devastation social and economic devastation for those who depend upon it for their survival. Hemraj Singh Malwi, a farmer from Deoghar in Sehore district, laments that Rabi crops are badly affected because of warm weather. “Less rain has delayed the chill which is a basic need of Rabi crops like wheat and gram. Harsher and prolonged summers have reduced milk production,” he said.