RTTNews - Almost half of the India is facing either drought or a drought-like situation as the number of affected districts rose with ten states declaring 246 districts as drought-affected, said Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

It accounts for about 47% of the total districts in the country. The country had a deficient monsoon lower by about 29%.

Pawar said that as more districts are being hit by drought, the government had to focus on saving the standing crop and offsetting losses in output during the coming Rabi season. He said the states could offer subsidy on diesel and power to save crops. He said that Punjab and Haryana had informed the centre that the standing crop in their states could be saved and there could be lower yield this time due to less supply of water.

The minister said that centre had advised the states to buy more seeds for re-planting crops and asked the states to be more focused on Rabi, as there was enough water supply for it. States were asked to focus on compensating the production loss.

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