Drought-hit farmers await funds from government in Gulbarga

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Gulbarga, Jan 21 (ANI): Farmers in Gulbarga are falling into debt as drought conditions prevail in the region while they await funds from the government. Karnataka has been facing major dry spell for the last two years, leading to drought and crop loss. This has in turn burdened the farmers with debt as they struggle to make both ends meet. A farmer, Sharanu Patil, said that they are suffering due to the blame game between the state and federal government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Patil also said some farmers have migrated to other states, while others have sold their cattle for their livelihood. Gulbarga District Collector Vipul Bansal said the local administration has received 29 million USD from the government and the first tranche will be released immediately. For nearly 200 million marginal farmers, many of whom borrow heavily to cultivate plots smaller than two acres, the fate of one crop can make the difference between life and death.

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