Drying paddy and sugarcane are not the only problems facing farmers in the Cauvery basin. In the searing drought-hit districts of south Karnataka, coconut trees -once a lifeline for farmers through the year -stand black and wilting.Chamarajanagara is the worst hit. Desperate farmers are planning to launch a series of protests.
The price of coconuts that until recently cost anywhere between Rs. 25 and Rs. 33 in the wholesale markets has crashed to below Rs. 10 this season. It was a decade ago, in 2006, that coconut prices had fallen below Rs. 10