From cotton to kinnows: new crops, age-old misery7 min read . Updated: 15 May 2015, 11:34 AM IST
High costs, fast depleting water levels and uncertain returns push farmers to shift to potentially lucrative but risky crops such as kinnow and guar
Abohar (Punjab)/Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan): Ripe kinnows in a green leafy orchard; low levels of irrigation, labour and investment; handsome returns—this was what Hanuman Kumar dreamed of when he switched, like countless other farmers in south-west Punjab, from water-guzzling cotton to kinnows, a citrus fruit.
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