Solapur: The state agriculture department has estimated that orchards over 35 thousand hectare area in total nine districts of the state have been affected due to the Nisarga cyclone which hit the state a few days back. Over 30 thousand farmers have suffered a damage of more than Rs 700 crore according to the state officials.
The Nisarga cyclone-affected districts include Nashik, Jalgaon, Kokan, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Satara and Pune. A total of 35 thousand hectares has been badly hit by the cyclone and rains accompanying it. Orchards have been destroyed along with major damage to houses. Officials of the state agricultural department have assured that compensation will be given to all those affected once the 'record of witness testimony' (panchnama) process is completed. Officials claimed that this process is getting delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, looking at the financial situation of the state treasury most farmers doubt that they would get compensation anytime soon.
Panchnama on priority
Narayan Sisode, Agricultural Director said, "We have instructed all officials to complete the process of Panchnama on priority in the nine affected districts. These officials will send us the report after the panchnama are conducted, but we haven't received a single report yet."
Primary assessment-based compensation
Due to the nationwide lockdown imposed from March, farmers were already in distress as they earned less from the sale of produce. Immediately after the lockdown effect, the Nisarga cyclone has hit them again. Some farmers have demanded that instead of waiting for the Panchnama process to be completed, all farmers should be offered compensation based on the primary assessment of the damage. Farmers have set eyes on the government decision regarding this.
* About 35 thousand hectares of orchards in total nine districts damaged due to Nisarga cyclone
* More than 30 thousand farmers affected
* Despite orders of completing Panchnama on priority basis, the completion report has not been filed
* Compensation of about Rs 18,500 per hectare for an orchard and Rs 13,500 per hectare for other crops will be offered to farmers.