Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Untimely rains in Maharashtra damage crops in 1 lakh ha

Maharashtra government seeks Rs 200 crore for hailstorm affected farmers State asks Centre for Rs 200 crore as hailstorm comp
Patty Aguilar | 15 February, 2018, 21:36

In the wake of losses and destruction, Maharashtra state government has asked for a sum of 200 crore to compensate the losses of the farmers from the Modi government. "They were on the spot within three hours of the storms", the minister said.

Vidarbha and Marathwada region witnessed heavy hailstorm activity and unseasonal rains on February 11 and 12.

On February 11 and 12, the state had hailstorm in its Marathwada and Vidarbha region affecting 16 districts and 1279 villages.

Preliminary reports of the agriculture department showed that till February 13, data about crop losses due to hailstorm were being received from 16 districts.

According to preliminary surveys, Buldhana district in Vidarbha suffered the maximum damage with standing crops over 32,700 hectares ruined. In Marathwada, the calamity affected the districts of Nanded, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Jalna, Parbhani, and Beed were impacted whereas in north Maharashtra, it hit Jalgaon.

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The rabi crops will be ready for harvest from next month. The crop was planted in October-November.

We will get the exact report on losses in two days. "We are yet to get a complete report about the losses".

Farmers who are not covered under fruit crop insurance will get ₹18,000 per hectare as compensation. There are different compensation norms for the different crops like for sweet lime Rs 23,000 per ha, for banana Rs 40,000 per ha, mangoes Rs 36,000 per ha, etc.

Farmers growing jowar, corn, wheat, green gram and sunflower on rain-fed land will get ₹6,800 as compensation per hectare while those having irrigated land will get ₹13,500 per hectare as compensation, he said.

The Winter session of the Maharashtra Assembly was marked by vociferous protests over the implementation of the loan waiver scheme. In some states like Gujarat, wheat harvesting has begun.

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