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Indian Agriculture: Groundwater Depletion Could Reduce Winter Cropped Acreage Significantly in Years Ahead

February 24, 2021

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U-M School for Environment and Sustainability assistant professor and study lead author Meha Jain discusses India’s agriculture in terms of it now being the largest consumer of groundwater due to India’s heavy reliance on irrigation wells. Jain notes that canal expansion needs to be complemented by other adaption strategies in order to “cope with ongoing groundwater losses.” With aquifers being rapidly depleted across India, Jain highlights that there is a global threat to food security, suggesting switching from winter rice to less water-intensive cereals, and more.

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