Maharashtra govt seeks Rs200 crore compensation for hailstorm-hit farmers

Maharashtra government seeks Rs 200 crore for hailstorm affected farmers

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra AssemblyRadhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Thursday described the aid announced bythe state government to the hailstorm-affected farmers of theMarathwada region as "inadequate" and demanded to provide properhelp to the farmers immediately.

Vidarbha and Marathwada region witnessed heavy hailstorm activity and unseasonal rains on February 11 and 12.

More than 190,000 hectares of farmlands spread across more than 1,200 villages in 16 districts were badly hit in the sudden rains and hailstorm which lashed large parts of Marathwada, Vidarbha and surroundings for three days since last Sunday.

Farmers will receive compensation ranging from Rs 6,800 a hectare to Rs 18,000 a hectare depending upon the type of farmland and crop cultivated, from the National Disaster Response Fund.

According to preliminary surveys, Buldhana district in Vidarbha suffered the maximum damage with standing crops over 32,700 hectares ruined.

The final surveys are likely to reveal more extensive damage to the crops because the preliminary assessment covered only those 16 districts which were hit by the rains and hailstorm on 10 and 11 February, Phundkar said. The calamity also impacted districts of Nanded, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Jalna, Parbhani and Beed in Marathwada, and Jalgaon in North Maharashtra.

Quoting a revenue official from Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, PTI had said the hailstorm severely damaged crops including grapes, cotton, green gram and wheat among others.

The minister said that the farmers would also get crop insurance. There are different compensation norms for the different crops like for sweet lime Rs 23,000 per ha, for banana Rs 40,000 per ha, mangoes Rs 36,000 per ha, etc.

"We have received a report from Maharashtra". In some states like Gujarat, wheat harvesting has begun.

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