A STUDY ON DROUGHT CONDITION AND ITS IMPACT ON FARM HOUSEHOLDS IN SIVAGANGA DISTRICT TAMILNADU
Drought is a weather-related natural disaster. It affects vast regions for months or years. It has an impact on food production and it reduces life expectancy and the economic performance of large regions or entire countries. Drought is a recurrent feature of the climate. It occurs in virtually all climatic zones, and its characteristics vary significantly among regions. Drought differs from aridity in that drought is temporary; aridity is a permanent characteristic of regions with low rainfall. This paper deals with drought condition and its impact on farm households in Sivaganga district Tamilnadu. It outlines the indicators of drought condition in the study area as per the rating of the farm households and farmers observation on impact of drought on farm economy. This paper concludes with some interesting findings.
KEYWORDS: Drought, climatic zones, rainfall, weather system