VALLARTAS JOHANNESBURG (AP) Vallartas supermarkets are happy in their stores despite a shortage of shelves in a key market, despite the country’s worst-ever drought.
A nationwide food shortage has also forced many businesses to close for weeks or even months at a time, and many have already closed.
More than 3 million people were already out of work in the country, with more than 11 million of them in the southern state of Karnataka.
More:Vallarta has a shortage in almost every major foodstuffs, including flour, vegetables, meat, sugar, milk and eggs, according to the state’s food ministry.
A shortage of flour in the state caused the closure of at least three bakeries in Karnataka’s southern city of Kannur on Tuesday.
“In the case of flour, we are getting the minimum number of flour we need,” food minister Manish Nambiar said.
Nambiar noted that Karnataka has the third largest population of Dalits in India and there were a total of 3.6 million Dalits living in the district of Vellore.
There are more than 10 million Dalit population in India.
The drought, which began last year and was declared a disaster by the World Bank in March, has also caused widespread crop failures in some parts of the country.
Nammiar said the Karnataka government had taken steps to alleviate the crisis.
“We have made efforts to increase the supply of rice, pulses and other pulses in the area,” he said.
The government has also set up relief camps in Vellores rural areas.
Namma said the government would continue to work with the states and other stakeholders to ease the food shortage and boost production in the states.
The state government has allocated Rs 1.2 billion ($100,000) to address the shortage, with another Rs 100 million earmarked for the agriculture sector.NAMMA said the state government is also working to ease shortages in rural areas with the help of NGOs, including the Food Sovereignty Movement.
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