Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Nepal: Changing Climate Changing Crop Cultivation

In western countries, some people often like to say that there is nothing called climate change or rise in sea level or the earth is getting hot. Of course, because of industrialization, in large cities, people cannot understand the real quality of nature. Their life does not defend on rain or snow. In poor countries like Nepal, the farmers have to rely on rainfall and changing pattern of rainfall is directly hurting them. So, there has been a change in crop cultivation too. Now, some farmers have realized that instead of cultivating rice and other traditional crops, they should go for banana cultivation.

The number of farmers cultivating bananas is increasing in the recent months and these farmers are worried about climate change and unpredictability of nature. Temperature is increasing or in other words, it is becoming hotter. Also, monsoon rain starts some early and when it is the time of paddy cultivation, the weather is drier compared to the past.

This is a cause of concern and I am afraid that this trend can spread in other parts of South Asia too.

(This entry was first published in March 2009. Because of a technical problem, the entry had to be deleted and I am reposting again now.)

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