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17 Districts in Jharkhand Witness Drought

17 Districts in Jharkhand Witness Drought mind map
Recent News
January 2024
158 blocks affected
1.5 million farmers impacted
When
Monsoon season 2023
Why
Below-average rainfall
38% less than average
What
Drought-hit declaration
In 17 districts
Ex-gratia amount
Rs 3500 per farmer
Cropping season
Paddy sowing reduced
Where
Jharkhand, India
Who
Jharkhand government
Chief Minister Hemant Soren
How
Meeting with Niti Ayog
Request for special package
Significance
Awareness of issue
Financial relief for farmers
Challenges
Frequent droughts
Lack of effective measures
Way Forward
Developing irrigation infrastructure
Shift focus to other crops
Pulses and oilseeds

In January 2024, the Jharkhand government declared 158 blocks across 17 districts as drought-hit due to significantly less rainfall during the 2023 monsoon season, which was 38% below average. This situation affected about 1.5 million farmers. The government, led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, has responded by offering an ex-gratia amount of Rs 3500 to each impacted farmer. A meeting with Niti Ayog was held to request a special package for developing better irrigation infrastructure. The state, facing its tenth drought declaration in 23 years, now considers shifting agricultural focus to crops like pulses and oilseeds due to the challenges in paddy cultivation.

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