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Landless, tenant farmers miss out on compensation for crop loss by weather events

Unseasonal or high intensity rainfall is regularly damaging crops across India over the past few years.

January 22, 2023 / 02:25 PM IST
(Representative Image: Mongabay/Geetanjali Gurlhosur)

(Representative Image: Mongabay/Geetanjali Gurlhosur)

-Usually, farmers get some compensation for the damage. But these primarily land-holding farmers and ignore the huge chunk of landless farmers and tenant farmers working on leased land.

-Giving farmland on lease is illegal in many states of India. Farming on another person’s land is done through informal or verbal contracts with shared benefits.

By Arvind Shukla

Ram Sagar, 64, a farmer who lives in Turkauli village of Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh, lost three and a half acres of paddy crop due to heavy, unseasonal rains in October 2022. Another resident of the village, 42-year-old Jabir Ali, also lost an acre of paddy. As per the state government’s promise, Sagar will soon get the compensation, but Ali, a contract farmer farming on someone else’s land, will not get any.