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First corpus of Rs 181 cr aid released for rain-hit farmers

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NASHIK: The Revenue and Forest Department of the state administration on Tuesday announced the first corpus of Rs 181.50 crore for the rain-hit farmers in the district. A circular released by the state authorities yesterday released a corpus of Rs 2059.34 crore as financial aid for the farmers affected by unseasonal rains in the state during October-November this year.

Assessing the agricultural damage caused by the unexpected showers, the district administration had sought an immediate financial assistance of Rs 636 crore. However, the administration has received a first corpus of Rs 181.50 crore which is a meagre aid. The circular made it clear that farmers who suffered losses below 33% mark, as per the parameters set by the government, will not be eligible for aid.

The retreating rains had damaged crops in th district. Crops especially maize, soyabean, bajra, jwar, peas, onion and vineyareds suffered huge losses. In the district 7.50 lakh hectars of land was under cultivation. Out of which 6,47,315 hectares of field damaged including 418 hectares of land meant for perennial horticulture crops.

The administration had expected Rs 56 lakh as immediate assistance for horticulture, while for jirayati Rs 278.30 crore, for irrigated land Rs 211.07 crore and for perennial crop Rs 146.28 crore, totalling over Rs 636 crores.
Meanwhile, post three days of announcement, the first corpus of Rs 2059.34 crore, was released as financial aid for the farmers in 325 talukas across the 34 districts in the state.

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

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