In Maharashtra’s Nashik district, experts forecast a 20% drop in grape production this year as the ready-to-harvest produce has suffered damage due to the recent, unseasonal rainfall. Grape acreage in the Nashik district is estimated at around 58,367 hectare, including 22,000 hectare in Niphad taluka, 15,758 hectare in Dindori , 11,671 hectare in Nashik and 5,148 hectare in Chandwad.
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.
Unseasonal rain on Thursday has affected grapes and onions in parts of the Nashik district. Apart from Nashik city, unseasonal rainfall was reported from Niphad, Chandvad, Sinnar, Deola, Yeola and Trimbakeshwar talukas of the district. “Around 5% of the total 150,000 hectares of vineyards are now ready for the grape harvest.
Hailstorm on Saturday night in Bhanpura region has added to farmers woes. Hail damaged coriander, vegetables and other crops. On Sunday, crop damage caused by hail was inspected by MLA Devilal Dhakad, SDM RP Verma, agriculture department SDO KS Vaskle, Satyam Girdawar and Kapil Shrivastav from horticulture department, patwari Mukesh Sharma and village Sarpanch.
Coffee planters across growing regions of Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan are staring at a loss of production this season due to off-season rains in November and December causing a delay in the harvesting of the crop. The planters are also facing an acute shortage of labour to pluck beans as nearly 50% of the workers that come from north-eastern states have not arrived yet due to spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Jharkhand is set to replace the Prime Minister’s insurance scheme for farmers with its own crop relief scheme. To be launched on December 29, the scheme will take three months to come into effect. It is a compensation scheme aimed at providing security cover to Jharkhand farmers in case of crop damage due to natural calamity.
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.
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.
PMFBY was launched in 2016 and replaces all the prevailing yield insurance schemes in India. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has written to all the field directors of tiger reserves to consider providing add-on coverage for crop depredation to farmers in areas near the reserves where the risk is substantial and identifiable.
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