Farmers in East Godavari are in distress as floods ravaged the crops twice within a span of 15 days. When the floods hit the district first time, the nurseries transplanted were ravaged. The farmers suffered loss once again when the floods in the river Godavari damaged the crops again after farmers carried out transplantation of nurseries.
Over 1,900 hectare of farm land has been affected due to water collected in Goan fields due to heavy rain. While the initial estimate of loss is around Rs 9 crore, the actual loss is yet to be calculated because in many areas, water levels finally receded early this week. Banana and Areca nut plantations have also been affected.
The Modi government is considering major changes to its flagship farm insurance scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, including an entirely new model of agricultural insurance in the country and making the programme optional for farmers availing farm loans, as messy implementation and delayed payouts have stoked farmers’ angst.
Enabled by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Coffee Board has started to assess crop loss and the health of crops in the flood-affected areas of Wayanad district, a major Robusta coffee growing area in the country. This is the first time that the Board is using UAVs for assessing crop health and crop loss in the coffee plantation sector in the State.
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