Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
6) Untimely snowfall due to climate change not only affects agriculture but also affects the socio-economy of a place. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question
Climate change has conspicuously started to affect our environment and untimely snowfall is one such fallout of climate change. India has several states running through Himalayas and it is therefore essential to discuss how it impacts local agriculture and the socio-economy.
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the untoward effects of untimely snowfall on agriculture and how it affects the socio-economy of a place.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the recent untimely snowfall in H.P and other himalayan states.
- Discuss the adverse effects of untimely snowfall on agriculture. E.g Snowfall provides a lot of moisture. Unlike rainfall, snow allows root development. Even when the top of the crop lies dormant, if the roots are well developed, the crop receives more nutrition. Furthermore, snow prevents the soil from being washed away with heavy rainfall and it has an insulating temperature as it takes longer for moist soil to get cold than dry soil; untimely snowfall leads to loss of fruits, flowers, buds and grains; late snowfall decreases moisture content in the soil and is hence unfavourable for agriculture etc.
- Discuss how it impacts the socio-economy of a place. E.g Under such adverse conditions the farmers are pushed towards other occupations e.g tourism industry- in himalayan areas etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.