Karnataka’s farmers look for answers to dry times

Outlet: Alert Net

September 11, 2012

HOSKOTE, India – T. Narsimappa looks worriedly at the clear blue skies with not a cloud in sight. He is a farmer in Hoskote, a little village on the outskirts of Bangalore, and he is worried because it is the month when the monsoon normally begins in India’s Karnataka state. With the advent of the monsoons, his fields get drenched and he spends his days ploughing them with his tractor and planting his maize, potato and bean crop. Hoskote boasts blood red fertile soil, which the farmers are proud of and has kept them in comfortable yields over the years.