India’s groundwater crisis3 min read 28 Apr 2015, 02:57 PM IST
Depleting groundwater levels the biggest threat to rural livelihoods and food security
India’s north-western region is widely considered to be the country’s granary, with states such as Punjab and Haryana accounting for a large share of the country’s agricultural output and farm incomes. But farming in both these regions is increasingly becoming unsustainable, owing to depleting groundwater levels. The situation is equally precarious in the south-eastern parts of the country. Both these regions account for most of India’s groundwater-stressed blocks, as the chart below shows.