The district administration here on Monday commenced a survey to assess the damage caused by the high-velocity winds that had lashed the western regions of Kottayam on Sunday. District Collector M.Anjana, who visited the calamity-hit region during the day, said the collection of details regarding the damage sustained to houses, agriculture, vehicles and power supply would be completed within a week.
The month of September saw 77 per cent less rainfall than in a normal year and October remained dry as well. This means the spectre of drought now looms large over the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The prolonged dry spell has affected the sowing of early varieties of different crops, mainly wheat, and the situation could worsen if rains continued to elude the hill state for some more days.
The State government on Tuesday deposited ₹16.59 crore of input subsidy into the accounts of 23,171 farmers, compensating them for the crops damaged due to rains and floods since July in East Godavari district. “Crops in over 11,000 hectares have been damaged due to rains and floods between July and September across the district.
Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, who cultivated paddy in his agricultre fields at Phirangipuram, was shocked to find that 20 per cent of the paddy he has cultivated did not yield due to spurious seeds. He had purchased the seeds from AP Seeds Corporation. The seeds he purchased were mixed with spurious ones as it was evident from the crop loss.
The Core Committee meeting of the Telangana Congress that met at Pragnapur has demanded that the State government increase the amount for flood relief from ₹500 crore to ₹5,000 crore and also condemned Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not visiting the flood-affected areas in the city or the extensive crop damage areas in rural areas.
Hundreds of farmers under the banner of Jay Kishan Andolan staged demonstration in front of the district collectorate here on Tuesday demanding input subsidy for crop loss due to hailstorm in the last rabi season. The agitating farmers first took out a rally from Gandhi Chowk to the collectorate in Bargarh town before staging protest.
The fifth spell of rains in Khammam district has damaged crops over 80,000 acres including paddy, cotton and chilli. Heavy rains have breached tanks at 50 places in various mandals. Sattupalli mandal is the worst-hit with breaches at 10 locations. Paddy crop over 1,000 acres have been washed away in the mandal.
Excess rain from October 1 to 15 has caused havoc in the State, leading to loss of agricultural crops on 2.3 lakh hectares and horticultural crop loss on 24,822 hectares in 23 districts. The actual crop loss would be much more as officials are yet to take up assessment in some Kalyana Karnataka districts such as Kalaburagi, Bidar, and Ballari where the rain has caused extensive damage.
Heavy rains have lashed central and south Maharashtra as well as the Konkan region over the past few days, causing damage to standing crops in eight districts of the state. More than 1.23 lakh hectare of area under cultivation has been affected, according to agriculture department officials. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rains till the end of this week.
Crop insurance premium declined in September this year after recording positive growth in the previous months, possibly due to the lesser number of States participating in PMFBY, the scheme being optional for farmers, and a long delay in claims. The gross direct premium for Agricultural Insurance Corporation of India de-grew by 19.3 per cent in September when compared to a year ago.
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