Farming puts India's biodiversity at risk

At least 70 per cent of the natural habitat in southern state of Kerala threatened.

    India's southern state of Kerala, home to thousands of rare plants and animals, was once one of the world's most biodiverse areas.

    But modern farming techniques have destroyed over 70 per cent of the habitat.

    With cash crops bringing in high revenue for the state, the government does little to provide incentives for small farmers. This has driven many of Kerala's small farmers to work for more large-scale tea farms.

    Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri reports from Wayanad.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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