Rs 3,501 crore relief for rain-hit farmers

Rs 3,501 crore relief for rain-hit farmers

NASHIK/MUMBAI: The state government has sanctioned Rs 3,501 crore as compensation for farmers who suffered losses during heavy rains and floods in different parts of the state over the last three months.

As per a government order issued, a compensation of Rs 13,600 per hectare will be given for loss of non-irrigated crops, Rs 27,000 per hectare for irrigated crops and Rs 36,000 per hectare for perennial crops.

Farmers suffered crop losses due to floods and heavy rains witnessed in parts of the state between June and August this year, it stated.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had earlier announced that his government will hike the compensation for flood-affected persons and the cabinet had also approved the proposal.

Accordingly, rain-affected farmers will get Rs 3,501 crore, including the contribution from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the state government.

The recent torrential rains in the district caused damage to standing crops in many places. In the eastern part of Niphad taluka rains accompanied by strong winds damaged standing crops severely. Farmers have demanded immediately panchnama and insurance money from the farmers. Farmers had prepared summer and red onion nurseries for the Rabi season. However, due to continuous rain, the onion plants in the neighbouring nurseries have also rotted.

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