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Drought forces traditional Iranian farmers off their land

Government looks to modernize farming practices, adapt to climate change

A rice field in Iran's Bushehr province is dry due to drought and unable to produce crops. (Photo by Tala Taslimi)

TEHRAN -- Increasingly severe droughts in southern Iran are forcing farmers off their land to seek work in the cities, highlighting the need to modernize agricultural practices and adapt to climate change.

"This year was even worse than the previous one," said Hamideh, a watermelon farmer in her late 50s who lives with her husband and one of their sons near the city of Bushehr. "We had to dig about three meters deeper to reach water."

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