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Central team to visit rain-hit talukas today

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To assess crop damage, farmers feel state aid paltry

NASHIK:

Amid financial assistance announced by the state governor for the rain-affected farmers in the district, a high-power 5-member central team is today visiting rain-hit talukas of Niphad, Chandwad and Malegaon of the district to assess crop damage. Earlier the team will hold meeting concerned officials at the collectorate before touring the rain-affected talukas.

Meanwhile, the district administration is chalking out strategies to disburse first corpus of Rs 181.50 crore released by the state governor.

The retreating rains have severely damaged major crops of maize, soyabean, bajra, jwar, peas, cereals, onion, vineyards and other horticultural crops in the district. The losses are in crores and the affected farmers feel that the financial assistance announced by the state administration is meagre and paltry.

In the district, 7.50 hectares of land was under cultivation. Out of which 647315 hectares of the field was damaged severely including perennial horticulture crops on a field of 418 hectares. The administration had expected Rs 56 lakh as immediate assistance, while for jirayati, Rs 278.30 crore, for irrigated land Rs 211.07 crore, totalling around Rs 636.23 crore.

To add to the woes of the affected farmers, the state administration will not consider losses below 33% mark for releasing aid. The district administration had sent Rs 636 crore plan outlay to the state govt for immediate approval. However, it received meagre assistance of Rs 181.50 crore.

A relief of Rs 8,000 per hectare up to 2 hectare for Kharif crops and relief of Rs 18,000 per hectare up to 2 hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops was announced on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Central team is also to visit rain-hit regions of the state from today during its three-day crop assessment visit. The unseasonal showers and delayed retreat of monsoon had mainly affected farmers from Nashik, Aurangabad and Amravati divisions in October.

“The five-member team from the Centre will assess the damage caused to crops in unseasonal rains. They will visit various areas, interact with farmers before submitting their reports to the Centre. The team will start its tour today (November 22,” a state disaster management department official said.

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