"Now even they won't give farmers money. They know there are no crops so there's no chance of recovery," said Ranbir Singh, as he cleaned up his three acres of dead sugarcane.
He already has to pay off loans of Rs 3 lakhs, a fortune for a poor farmer.
"Now I will need to borrow more money to feed myself, but lenders will hold back," he said.
With nearly 70 per cent of the population living in rural areas, farming is vital to the economy. A poor monsoon is expected to further dampen already disappointing growth this year, according Citigroup economist Rohini Malkani.
Poor agricultural output could result in growth as low as 5.4 per cent in the current fiscal year, down from the bank's earlier estimates of 6.4 percent, according to the economist's August report.
"If drought conditions worsen, headline growth could come in lower at 4.9 percent," she writes.
The federal government and many state governments have hesitated to declare a drought for fear of causing panic and because it requires them to assess each farmers' losses and compensate them.
Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, which have not been given declarations of drought, are losing patience.
Image: In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, an Indian farmer carries damaged crops to feed to his cattle in Kathura village in Haryana.