Nashik: Farmers in the district are awaiting government aid after unseasonal rain and hailstorms hit their crops on Sunday. As there is remarkable difference between reports prepared by revenue and agriculture departments regarding losses, district administration is in dilemma over exact losses. This shows that there is lack of coordination between revenue and agriculture departments and farmers are likely to be affected by this.
Satana, Deola, Nandgaon, Chandwad, Sinnar, Yeola and Niphad talukas had been lashed by unseasonal rain and hailstorm on Sunday. Though some areas had received light drizzle, crops in Satana and some other areas were damaged due unseasonal rain and hailstorm. 14 mm rain was recorded in the district. 13 mm rain was recorded in Deola taluka, whereas 1 mm rain was recorded in Chandwad taluka.
Tehsildar, taluka agriculture officer and block development officer are assessing the losses. As per primary report by revenue department, around 500 hectares of farmland in the district was affected and 600 farmers were affected. The final report will be received within a week. The percentage of loss will be less, claimed the district administration, but agriculture department claimed that 4,228 hectares of farmland was affected in the district and 12,000 farmers were affected.
The state secretariat took note of this report and asked the district administration about this, but it has been found that the district administration is unaware about it. The district administration is in dilemma over loss of crops on 4,000 hectares of farmland. Farmers are also worried due to difference between reports by revenue and agriculture departments. A time has come to form a committee to check truth of reports. Farmers are suffering due to lack of coordination in administration and real beneficiaries likely to refrain from government aid.
Meanwhile, as per report by agriculture department 77 villages in the district were affected by the unseasonal rain and 12,194 farmers have been affected. Total 4228.90 hectares of farmland was affected. Onion, pomegranate, tomato and grape crops received the brunt.
As per report by revenue department, 575 farmers have been affected and 600 hectares of farmland was affected.