Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Here's How Farmers Plan to Make the Monsoon Last All Year

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  • India may have 1.2 million collection ponds for farms by 2017
  • Capturing the downpours lets farmers plant three crops a year

Prem Singh Khinchi, 78, walks with habitual ease over wet, lumpy soil to stand on the edge of his farm in central India and survey his soybean saplings. He gestures with a satisfied smile toward his man-made pond as big as an Olympic pool and declares that the monsoon rainwater he’s collected on his previously parched land will last him a year.

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