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In Dry Times, India Will Import Food

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Posted on Aug 21, 2009
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The rains that never came: The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh shows the effects of the drought.

A dry spell in India’s usual monsoon season has had a dramatic effect on food prices and availability, affecting more than 700 million people in the world’s second most populous country. With its farmers hit hard by the drought, India is forced to begin importing food to make up for the shortages.

The BBC:

India will import food to make up for shortages caused by a drought thought to be affecting 700 million people, the finance minister has said.

The minister, Pranab Mukherjee, did not specify what would be imported and when, saying he wanted to avoid speculation on prices.

The drought is affecting almost half of India’s districts.

Food prices have risen by 10% after poor monsoon rains hit sowing. Monsoon rains are critical to India’s farmers.

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By coloradokarl, August 21, 2009 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Well, it has begun. The Indians have money (for now) so they will raise all our food prices shortly in their rush to feed their overpopulation. I see desalination plants and pipelines in their future. Hemp seed is the best seed in the world for everything from nutrition to oil, let us grow Hemp and export to them for a change.

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