26 AUG,2019 | MEDC
Maharashtra ranked ninth in the latest Niti Aayog ranking of Indian states and Union Territories vis-à-vis their water management practices. This is an area needing large improvement, as agriculture continues to constitute the backbone of the state’s economy. The jury is still out on the success of Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan, but cropping patterns in the state will need to change, particularly with regard to sugarcane, a major water-guzzler. As per World Bank estimates, the area under sugarcane cultivation is only 16% of the total cultivable area in the state, but it requires almost 70% of the available water supply. A community-based approach to rural sustainability and inclusive growth in Maharashtra will necessitate the development of prudent water management strategies.
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