Sarvamsah is a village in Rajasthan’s Daulatpur district.
Its a little village of only 300 people.
I meet a man who works in the market.
He says his family has been selling kofta, the traditional Indian rice dish, for years.
His wife and children have all returned from the market for the last three years.
“We don’t know what the weather is going to be like.
We are hoping for a bit more rain.
I have to take a break for a few days.
We have a very small crop.
We haven’t sold any food for a long time.”
The drought has been affecting farmers’ incomes.
Sarvamps have lost their livelihood.
In this drought, the farmers are facing a dilemma.
They have to find a way to make ends meet.
This is their dilemma.
I ask him if he has any advice.
“The only thing I can give you is that if you buy koftas, you should keep them till you get money to buy another koftar.
That’s my advice.
Don’t buy them now.
You have to wait till you find a place where you can sell them.
And don’t buy kurtas or dried fruits at the market.”
The man is not an economist, but his advice has helped me understand the drought.
It’s a tough situation.
The government has promised a new drought plan.
The local government has started issuing water-guzzling kurta-shaped water cylinders.
I talk to a young farmer, who works as a plumber.
He tells me that if I buy kustas at the markets, he will take me to a nearby village and sell me some kusta.
He doesn’t have much land, but he has a small crop of wheat and pulses.
He sells them for Rs 1 per kilo.
I don’t have the money to spend on kurthas.
The kurtakas I buy are too expensive.
They sell for around Rs 10 per kilos.
If I buy a kilo, I need to pay Rs 30.
I can’t afford to buy kirta.
So I take the money from him and sell it at the farmers market, where the price is cheaper.
I get around Rs 6 per kurtab.
I sell a kila for around 30 rupees, which is cheaper than a kilos of rice.
“I can’t buy the kurtapurkas.
I haven’t had time to prepare them.
I hope this will change soon.
This drought is bad for me.
I know there is a lot of food in the markets but the price of kurtaks is not affordable.
The prices are low because of the drought,” says the man, who is not his real name.
“When the government announced the drought plan, the prices were higher.
I was hoping the drought would ease up.
But I don.
I am waiting for the government to come out with the plan soon.”