A total of 21,721 farmers of the district, who have suffered crop loss due to the unseasonal rains in January, had been given ₹ 21.81 crore as relief, Collector G.S. Sameeran said in the farmers’ grievances redressal meet held here on Wednesday. Addressing the meeting, Dr. Sameeran said the northeast monsoon that continued even beyond mid-January had inflicted hefty damage to the crop.
Around 13,000 rain-hit farmers, who suffered extensive crop loss due to unseasonal rains in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu, have received relief to the tune of ₹16.48 crore in the first phase, District Collector K. Senthilraj has said. While ₹16.48 crore was paid to the accounts of 12,984 affected farmers on last Saturday in the first phase, all the affected agriculturists would receive the relief in phases soon.
The Tamil Nadu government will provide ₹1,116.97 crore as input relief to about 11.43 lakh farmers across the state, anticipating central assistance, for the crop loss of the ryots due to rains in January, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday. The relief sum will be credited directly to their bank accounts, he said in a statement.
The Centre has announced the release of additional assistance of ₹245.96 crore to Telangana State, which was affected by floods in October last year. The high-level committee under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the assistance under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
The Department of Agriculture has initiated steps to ensure early disbursal of crop loss compensation and get insurance benefits as farmers have suffered extensive loss of crops due to the recent rain, Director of Agriculture V. Dakshinamoorthy has said. The Tamirabharani following heavy downpour in the catchment areas of Manimuthar and Papanasam Dams inundated the paddy cultivated on a few thousands of acres along the watercourse leaving the farmers in tears.
A group from O. Duraisamypuram, Chokkalingapuram, A. Kandasamypuram, Thoppampatti, Kalkumi and Aatrankarai, all under Vilaathikulam taluk, arrived at the collectorate on Monday with the damaged crop, said rain at the beginning of monsoon was beneficial for rain-fed crops such as black gram, green gram, maize, corn, chilli, onion and pearl millet.
We now have more details on how much Covid aid money will be going to agriculture in the bill signed by President Trump on Sunday. It calls for $13 billion in direct aid to farmers with another 13 billion going to food and nutrition type programs. Of the $13 billion going to farmers, 5 billion of the total is to go for $20 an acre payments for row crop farmers with corn growers getting 1.8 billion, soybean farmers are scheduled to get 1.7 billion and wheat growers can expect $890 million.
Tamil Nadu farmers who suffered financial losses due to extensive damage of their crops by cyclones Nivar and Burevi will be compensated soon, and the relief sum will be deposited into their bank accounts, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday. Particulars of the farmers including their bank accounts has been obtained and the work to assess crop loss will be completed within four days, he said.
Whitefly has caused losses to cotton crop in Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts. The farmers might have suffered biggest ever losses since 2015 when whitefly had destroyed almost 70% of the crop in the region. Farmers who suffered losses to their cotton crop due to whitefly attack earlier this year are still waiting for compensation from the government or insurance agencies.
Stating that estimation of loss to the standing crops during cyclones Nivar and Burevi is going on in full swing, the State government on Thursday promised to provide appropriate compensation to the loss soon. Also, an Inter-Ministerial Central Team is visiting the areas affected by cyclone Burevi from December 28.
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