The Horticulture Department has pegged the damage caused to apple and other fruits in April and May due to snowfall and hailstorm at Rs 280 crore. “In April, the growers suffered crop losses to the tune of Rs 254 crore. In May, our teams have estimated losses of around Rs 25 crore to Rs 26 crore,” said Horticulture Director JP Sharma.
The zonal agricultural office of Sattari has estimated a loss of around Rs 40 lakh in the taluka, with most of the plantations being damaged completely due to the recent cyclonic winds. Keri, Rawan, Sanvordem, Mauxi and Guleli villages in Sattari have been most affected by the high velocity winds and heavy rains.
The ‘double trouble’ of COVID-19 infection among plantation workers and drought-like conditions has made tea estates in Assam suffer an estimated crop loss of 60 million kilograms. Spells of pre-monsoon showers have made planters heave a sigh of relief but the “damage has already been done”, the North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) and Bharatiya Cha Parishad (BCP) said following a survey across plantations.
The Gujarat government has ordered a survey of damage to crops and horticulture reported from across the state after cyclone Tauktae flattened mango orchards and banana plantations and damaged coconut palms. “The summer crop was completely damaged and horticulturists have also clocked phenomenal losses.
There are many who look forward to the scorching months just to take a bite of the quintessential summer fruit, Mango. But cyclone Tauktae apart from threatening widespread destruction may also hit the mango yield, its quantity as well as quality. The harvesting season of mangoes in the state has just begun.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said his government released Rs 3,928.88 crore as the first installment of YSR Rythu Bharosa - PM Kisan Scheme, benefiting 52.38 lakh farmers, despite financial constraints in the times of Covid-19 to ensure that they do not face any inconvenience while taking up agricultural operations for the ensuing Kharif season.
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