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Maize Cultivation in Punjab

In a bid to break the wheat-paddy cropping cycle and promote crop diversity in Punjab, the state government is trying to encourage the cultivation of maize, which relatively consumes less water. This might help contain the steady decline in the water table in the state and restore the natural resource base, which is being eroded by this cropping pattern.

Will the flow end?

A preliminary study in the Tarai region of Uttarakhand has revealed a depleting water flow in the artesian wells used for agricultural purposes, due to over exploitation of the aquifers. This coupled with deforestation, global warming and unpredictable weather patterns could damage an otherwise sustainable and eco-sensitive agricultural practice.
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