The unprecedented change in weather patterns is estimated to bring a 20-35 percent reduction in crop yields this year, according to a global environmental group.
Hundreds of farmers who lost huge swathes of their crops to heavy rains as well as white fly and stem fly infestations around India's Madhya Pradesh state had earlier staged protests for nearly two weeks in August.
Small time farmers are failing to see the benefits from a crop that is the southern African nation's second largest export earner of foreign exchange.
Droughts in Asia threaten to cut rice output and boost global prices
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