In the Grainbowl, Farmers Look to Rain Gods

Outlet: The Wall Street Journal

July 23, 2012

In Punjab, the heart of India’s northern agricultural belt, farmers are postponing plans to patch up that leaky roof or pay for that lavish family wedding because their rice fields are withering from lack of rain.
Many had invested thousands of rupees in buying pumps to draw groundwater to cultivate their newly-planted rice until the monsoon rains arrived, usually in early July.