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Agriculture in crisis

Print edition : April 17, 2015

In much of northern and western India, unseasonal rain and hailstorms have battered standing crops. Here, a farmer in a village near Ahmedabad inspects his rain-damaged wheat criop which was ready to be harvested, on March 1. Photo: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

In West Bengal, potato prices have crashed because of overproduction and lack of adequate storage facilities. Here, harvested potatoes lie in a field in Bardhaman district with no buyers. Photo: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

The Narendra Modi government is pushing ahead with policies that disadvantage farmers at a time when Indian agriculture is already in deep crisis.

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