Cultivation of which of the following crops is alleged to be responsible for the Maharashtra’s Marathwada drought?

Answer: [A] Sugarcane

Each kilogram of sugar requires 2,068 litres of water which translates to 2 million litres of water per tonne of sugar. On the other hand, Marathwada Marathwada, receives an average annual rainfall of slightly over 820 mm, should be growing cane at all. About 4% of farmed land in Maharashtra is under sugarcane, but it consumes 71.5% of irrigated water, including wells. 

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