Mumbai: The State government will help farmers affected by hailstorm and unseasonal rain according to the norms of National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The State government is going to demand Rs 200 crore from the Central government.
Agricultural Minister Pandurang Fundkar said that due to the hailstorm on Sunday and Monday, crops on about 2 lakh hectares have been destroyed and 1,800 villages have been affected.
“The farmers who have registered themselves under the insurance scheme will be compensated, but those who have not registered will be covered under NDRF norms,” Fundkar said.
“As per the norms of the NDRF, the farmers will get minimum Rs 18,000 per hectare. For irrigated area, it will be Rs 13,500 per hectare and non-irrigated farmers will be compensated with Rs 6,800 per hectare.” Fundkar added.
According to the survey, the hail and thunderstorm damaged crops spread over 1,88,683 hectares of land in 81 talukas of 21 districts in Maharashtra. Part of Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra were hit by hailstorm and unseasonal rain on February 10 and 11. The most affected crops included orange, mango, wheat, jowar, sunflower, harbhara, lemon and other crops.
According to Vijay Kumar, Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department, farmers will also get compensation from insurance companies and hence, there will be less burden on the state exchequer.
“The insurance company will also compensate the farmers. Keeping this in mind, Rs 200 crore is not a huge amount and we can bear it if the Centre does not assist us,” said the secretary.
“We have requested Centre to apply norms of NDRF which will be quite good as compared to state’s norms,” he said.
According to state’s norms for insured crop loss, maximum compensation of Rs 23,300 per hectare is applicable to loss of orange. Rs. 40,000 per hectare is applicable for loss of banana crops. For mango, Rs 36,700 per hectare and Rs 20,000 per hectare for lemon crop will be applicable.
Fundkar said, for perennial crops, farmers will get a compensation of Rs 13,500 per hectare whereas for crops under non-cultivated (jirayat) will be compensated with Rs 6,800 per hectare.
“The final panchnama is expected to be completed within couple of days and the amount of compensation is likely to be disbursed in the third week of this month,” Fundkar said.
The Agricultural Minister Pandurang Fundkar said that due to the hailstorm on Sunday and Monday, crops on about 2 lakh hectares have been destroyed and 1,800 villages have been affected.