To help the farmers in the drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, Maharashtra government has decide to promote new crop patterns that is much more suitable for such areas.
Such crops have a shorter life-cycle to sustain and can be grown in an agriculture dry belt.
To make the pattern a success, the state is also roping in agriculture research council and universities.
The state is also looking for new crops that can be added in this pattern, which already has crops like cotton, sugarcane, jowar and tur dal (pulses).
Emphasis is on promoting horticulture and floriculture which can be used under controlled water and temperature technology.
This method will in turn ensure an assured income for farmers without putting them under a financial crises even if there is no rain.
Further the region-wise crop pattern changes that are being modelled, would also be discussed with the farmers in that region within the next two months.
There is also a decision to enforce drip irrigation for sugarcane in the area which will be mandatory from next season.
Talking about the initiative Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said:
The state has already started an experiment in Osmanabad, where at least 12 farmers’ groups launched a campaign to explore alternative crop patterns with the cultivation of betel leaves (paan) already a success. The Centre too is collaborating with the state and is giving incentives to promote these new cultivation.