A testing time

Published on: 11:59AM Aug 13, 2009
An earthquake, continuing drought, and now swine ‘flu: the Gods could scarcely have been unkind in any greater degree to India during the past week. A television channel has berated the administration for its tardy and apparently unreasonable fire-fighting actions. However, I think it has done a commendable job considering the multiple and complex issues it has had to manage.

Things are quiet on the farm front, albeit in a negative way. Look at Shri (Mr)

Ramadhar Patel of village Lohiya in the Varanasi District of Uttar Pradesh in India.



His chest is as bare as his field of hot peppers. Jassids and thrips suck whatever little life is left in his arid field, and inject deadly viruses in to them at the same time. Fortunately, there are two major rivers in the area (called the Doab). I hope that he will have better fortune with this next sowing.