In India, This Traditional Crop Is Saving Flood-Hit Farmers From Losses

Heavy, unseasonal rains are destroying hybrid rice varieties. "I had cultivated five acres of land and spent Rs. 1.5 lakh ($1800). But the flood destroyed everything." So farmers in Odisha are turning back to a resilient, traditional variety of paddy, Pottiya, which was once cultivated by their forebears. Climate change is affecting the annual rainfall pattern in Odisha´╗┐. Farmers are dealing with untimely dry spells and heavy rains which leave the fields waterlogged´╗┐.