Farmers who lost their crops in the continuous rainfall this monsoon will be compensated under State Disaster Response Fund, the government said after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The compensation will be paid after a survey of the losses will be completed in 15 days, an official release by the state government said.
According to the official data, a total of 190,027 farmers have suffered a loss of over Tk140 crore in standing crops because of this year’s floods in Jamalpur. Hundreds of thousands of farmers are losing sleep over the extensive damage dealt to their hard-earned standing crops by floods that hit Jamalpur in multiple phases this year.
The fear of whitefly attack, parawilt and leaf curl are back to haunt the cotton-growing farmers in the state. While the Agriculture Department has assessed a loss of up to 25 per cent in the region, farmers say the disease has already wiped out crops in large tracts and the losses have mounted to 60-70 per cent in Hisar and Bhiwani districts.
Sowing progress has been quite satisfactory till last week except in the state of MP. The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) now anticipates a crop damage of 10-12% on account of heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh (MP). This estimate is based on a survey undertaken by the industry body in the rain-affected areas of the state.
Persistent bursts of torrential rain, particularly in central and western India, is threatening crop output that was so far expected to rise to a new record and make agriculture the best performer in the Covid-hit economy. The southwest monsoon has turned vigorous in August after a deficient July, raising fears of floods and triggering pest attacks on crops.
As fear of flood looms large in several districts with water flowing over danger level and rivers inundating farmlands, farmers are fearing crop loss.The State is experiencing incessant rainfall since Tuesday due to back to back low pressure over the Bay of Bengal and six districts have received more than 100 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours causing water logging.
The Soybean Oil Processors Association (SOPA) expects a crop damage of 10-12 per cent for the oilseed on account of heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh, the largest soyabean-producing State. Based on a quick field survey of rain-hit areas in MP, SOPA said the most affected districts are Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Dhar, Sehore, Harda, Shajapur, Mandsaur and Neemuch.
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