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State of Gujarat, India

Ahmedabad: Vegetable acreage 17% lower due water scarcity

The Gujarat state Agriculture Department says cultivation of winter vegetables has dropped off substantially. If the fresh greens and herbs are going missing from your meals, the severe water scarcity in the state for the last two year, is perhaps to blame. According to data from the state agriculture department, cultivation of these vegetables declined by 17% against the ten-year-average acreage.

Against the 82,000 hectare average acreage for vegetables, cultivation this year fell to 72,000 hectares.

Sager Rabari, secretary of the Gujarat Khedut Samaj, told "Currently, farmers are able to cultivate vegetables only in areas where groundwater is available. Therefore, acreage sown has fallen drastically. Vegetables that are currently being sold in the market are grown using pools in the riverbed.”

Several farmers are also moving away from vegetables to cash crops because they do not get proper prices for vegetables.

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