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bad luck? So the incentives for effective drought relief are not unimportant Even within a statehoweverthere are marked differences in the ability to prevent starvation deaths Competitive local politics and decentralised structures of governance are crucial in preventing deaths Specificallylocal political parties and vigilant village councils act not just as conduits of information on distress but also pressure district administration to take appropriate action Butmore importantlyand largely from a medium-term perspectivedrought-prevention through advances in agricultural research and technological choice merits serious consideration Agricultural research intensity (ie ratio of agricultural research expenditure to agricultural GDP) is estimated to be as low as 062 per cent in developing countries In Indiathe corresponding estimate is even lower029 per centas against about 26 per cent in developed countries Worsethe allocation of research resources to rainfed areas specifically to address abiotic constraints such as drought and submergence-is a small fraction (barely 10 per cent) despite their high equity and efficiency impacts Considerable progress has been made in developing drought-tolerant rice germplasm Complementary crop management research for avoiding drought stressbetter utilisation of available soil moisture and enhancing plants ability to recover rapidly from drought are likely to substantially enhance returns Technologies must display greater flexibility in crop choiceand in the timing and quantity of various inputs Current rice varieties and general crop management practices are so rigid in drought-prone regions that they hardly change between normal years and early season drought Rice technologies that allow for late transplanting in early season droughtfor examplewould help protect yields better Howeverin some caseslate season droughts are more common and disastrous In addition to low or no harvestfarmers lose their investment in seedsfertiliser and labour Development of technologies that reduce the severity of the impact of a late season drought are thus a priority Crop diversification is yet another drought coping option In rainfed areasfor exampleshort duration rice varieties could facilitate planting of another crop using the residual moisture In recent yearsemphasis has shifted to small-scale irrigation schemes and land use practices that generally enhance soil moisture and water retention For examplewatershed-based approaches provide opportunities for achieving long-term drought-proofing by improving the overall moisture retention within the watersheds Recent advances in meteorology have contributed to greater accuracy in forecasting droughts Various indicators such as the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) are now routinely employed in several countries to forecast droughts A challengehoweveris to match the scientific advance with better preparedness to deal with droughts Raghav Gaiha is a professor of public policyFaculty of Management StudiesDelhi University and Vani Kulkarni is a lecturer in South Asian StudiesYale University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 16 2016 1:16 pm Riteish Deshmukh has been spotted with hair grown till shoulders these days which is because of his role in the upcoming film ‘Banjo’ Related News Riteish Deshmukh has been spotted with hair grown till shoulders these days which is because of his role in the upcoming film ‘Banjo’ The movie which portrays him as a band member demanded long hair out of the actor The first look of Riteish has been revealed and the actor looks no less than a trained drummer A never seen before look of Riteish is interesting as this is the first time that he will play a band member “The film is a journey rather than a story It is a journey in which someone crosses seven seas to meet her dreams And some reach their hearts to meet themselves Orchestrated by destiny a DJ from US meets a Banjo party from Mumbai They take the leap they fly they rise they stumble they dust and they stand again” said a source Share This Article Related Article Riteish will be seen romancing Nargis Fakhri in the film for the very first time in his career Banjo has been directed by Ravi Jadhav and produced by Krishika Lulla For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News In a panic reaction but with an unmistakable touch of bravado, were released two weeks ago. and respect its final ruling, in his statement.

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