West Bengal government to help 30 lakh flood-hit farmers

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to give monetary compensation to 30 lakh farmers who have lost their crops due to floods in the state.

"Nearly 30 lakh farmers who have suffered partial or full crop damage will get a compensation of Rs 13,500 from the state government," Pradip Majumdar, Chief Agriculture Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

More than 11.5 lakh hectares of land has been identified by the state government which has been either fully or partially affected by the floods in the month of August this year.

"Near about 13 lakh hectares of land has been affected either partially or fully. Out of this we have identified 11.5 lakh hectares of land farmers of which are eligible for compensation," said Mazumdar. He said that more than 10 lakh farmers had been registered so far who would be eligible for the compensation.

"With the next few days we will be able to complete the list of 30 lakh farmers for their registration," said Mazumdar.

The compensation of Rs 13,500 would be given to farmers to create new seed bed for cultivation of crops as existing sea beds have been washed away by the floods.

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