Make assessment of crop loss, instructs MoS Khot

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Nashik: Following heavy rainfall since last four days in state, standing crops are in difficulty. Considering this, orders have been issued to assess crop loss in those areas where 65 mm rain or more rain recorded in 24 hours, but it has been found that crop loss took place in some areas despite less rain. Minister of State for Agriculture Sadabhau Khot ordered to make total assessment of crop loss. He issued this order during a review meeting of agriculture department which was organised at Nashik yesterday.

Soybean, green gram, urad, cotton, jowar, bajra, grape, rice and sugarcane crops received the brunt of rain. Farmers are worried over the crop loss. Kalvan and Deola talukas in Nashik district recorded over 65 mm rainfall. As a result, assessment of crop loss in this area will be done as per government norm. As rivers in Niphad taluka flooded, grape crop damaged. It has come to light that onion, grape, corn and soybean crops were hit due to heavy rain in Vinchur, Niphad, Kasbe Sukene, Ugaon, Shivdi, Kolwadi, Palkhed, Nandurdi and Khadakmalegaon talukas. Taking into account this, orders have been issued to make complete assessment of the crop loss, Khot informed.

Government is thinking about to deregularise all types of agriculture produce to provide relief to those farmers producing oil seeds and legumes. A committee has been formed for this. Government deregularised vegetables and fruits to sale them directly to consumers. Government is considering to provide relief to those farmers producing legumes on the lines of this, he said. The committee will study total turnover of this type of agriculture produce due to deregularisation, revenue from them, effect of trader and labourers on production, benefit to farmers due to deregularisation and complaints by farmers about traders and will table its report to the government, Khot informed further.

The government has taken a decision to purchase moong, urad and soybean by applying a minimum support price. Online registration has been started for this. Registration for soybean will be started from October 25. Considering inconvenience of farmers during purchase of tur, farmers will be informed through SMS when they should bring their produce to purchase centre. MSP of Rs. 3050 will be given to soybean, he stated. Farmers should bring xerox copy of aadhaar card, bank passbook and 7/12 extract during their registration to nearby purchase centre, urged the Minister of State for Agriculture.

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