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Locust invasions in a number of Indian states have arisen out of climate change induced extreme rainfalls in desert areas

In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, desert locust swarms have been seen in parts of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the second half of May 2020. The recent attacks by desert locust swarms have caused massive crop damage, depletion in the stock of Cattle Fodder and destruction of green vegetation in these states. As on 25th May, 2020, over half of Rajasthan’s 33 districts were...

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Maharashtra sniffs Rs 800 crore fodder scam during Congress-NCP regime -Bhavika Jain

-The Times of India MUMBAI: Cattle Fodder camps that were opened in the state during the drought years are under the scanner for large-scale irregularities and the government plans to investigate the organizations that managed these camps. Senior state government officials said the BJP-Sena government wants to audit the 1,288 cattle camps that were opened in different parts of the state between 2012 and 2014 by the Congress-NCP government. The then government...

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Supreme Court: Rush aid to drought zones -J Venkatesan

-The Asian Age The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre and state governments not to hide behind the “smokescreen of lack of funds” and ordered wide-ranging relief for drought-affected people in 12 states. These include mid-day meals during the summer vacation, addition of egg or milk to the mid-day meal menu, to universalise foodgrain rations and ensure adequate and timely release of funds for NREGA. It also ordered implementation of...

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Drought situation grim in Bundelkhand, shows latest survey findings of Swaraj Abhiyan

-Press Note from Swaraj Abhiyan A latest survey of the drought stricken Bundelkhand region lying across Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh shows a crisis bordering on famine. While rains are at least 6-8 weeks away, drinking water crisis has hit its peak and has crossed the danger mark in the MP part of the region. Those living on the margins of society face hunger like situation and are being pushed...

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Cattle facing a famine in Bundelkhand, finds survey -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com Compensation for crop loss due six months ago is yet to reach farmers, says Swaraj Abhiyan Villages across drought-hit Bundelkhand, a hilly region divided between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, are reporting an abnormally high number of cattle deaths due to acute shortage of fodder and water, said a survey released on Monday. “For cattle the famine has arrived,” the survey by non-profit organization Swaraj Abhiyan said, adding,...

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