Marathwada stares at water scarcity due to low crop yield
Over 41 per cent of the villages in this region of central Maharashtra have reported ‘paisewari’ (average yield) below 50 paise.
A data compiled by the revenue department revealed that more than 3,500 villages in Marathwada have reported paisewari less than 50 paise.
This means the scarcity of basic resources such as food grain production and water is less by 50 per cent of its actual capacity.
Erratic showers are generally the main cause of less paisewari, a senior revenue official said.
“There are 8,535 villages in Marathwada — the biggest region in the state.
Of these, 3,577 villages (around 41 pc) have reported less than 50 per cent paisewari.
“It means the state will (have to) prioritise water and foodgrain supply to these villages,” he said.
This clearly means there were more dry days in the monsoon season then wet.
The other parts of the state such as Vidarbha, North and West Maharashtra and Konkan, are comparatively in a better condition, the officials said.