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The following are the problems which face rice farmers in India
- Pests e.g. rice weevils destroy the stored rice leading to losses for the farmers.
- Diseases e.g. rice blast attack the crop leading to poor quality output.
- Loss of soil fertility due to the practice of monoculture.
- The threat of snakes that attack and kill the farmers.
- Weather failure such as drought leads to stunted growth of the crop.
- Gazzetting of wetlands for ecological reasons e.g. tourism has reduced land for rice growing.
- Water-borne diseases e.g. bilharzia and cholera attack the farmers hence reducing labour force.
- Competition from other rice-producing countries e.g. Pakistan and Vietnam which reduces the market for local rice.
- Poor transport facilities leading to markets, stores, and industries hence delaying deliveries for processing.
- Inadequate capital for buying farm implements and fertilizers.
- Poor storage and packaging facilities lead to attacks from pests e.g. rice weevils.
- Birds are a common threat because they destroy rice fields leading to losses