Unseasonal rains deepen distress and debt on farms
The untimely rain is set to further affect stressed rural income because of a slump in commodity prices
Mathura/New Delhi: Last Monday, towards the evening, Sahab Singh, a 58-year-old farmer, walked up to his small patch of land in Mathura district of western Uttar Pradesh. Frequent spells of untimely rain over the past month had him worried. Joined by his two sons, Singh picked up two stalks of wheat that had turned black due to the wet conditions and rubbed them between his palms: there was a lot of chaff, but only a few grains.