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Gujarat govt orders survey to assess crop losses due to unseasonal rains

Updated on: 28 November,2023 03:54 PM IST  |  Rajkot
mid-day online correspondent |

State Agriculture Minister Raghavji Patel said affected farmers will be granted compensation as per the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms once the report arrives

Gujarat govt orders survey to assess crop losses due to unseasonal rains

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The Gujarat government has ordered a state-wide survey to assess the damage to crops to provide compensation to farmers affected by the recent spell of unseasonal rains, state Agriculture Minister Raghavji Patel said on Tuesday, reported news agency PTI.


Addressing a press conference, Patel said affected farmers will be granted compensation as per the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) norms once the report arrives, reported PTI.


While the loss will not be significant because most of the Kharif crops have already been harvested, a preliminary estimate suggests that the rains may have damaged standing crops in an area of around 3 to 4 lakh hectares, he said, reported PTI.


"As per the official data, unseasonal rains lashed 236 talukas on November 26 and 27. As many as 112 talukas received 1 inch of rain, 34 received nearly 2 inches, while six talukas received 4 inches of rainfall. Since cotton and toor crops are yet to be harvested, we estimate that the rains may have damaged standing crops in 3 to 4 lakh hectares," Patel said, reported PTI.

Since it is the beginning of the Rabi season and the sowing of some of the major crops has just begun, the possibility of damage is less, he said, reported PTI.

"We have already ordered a loss-assessment survey to announce a relief package for farmers affected by rains. Since the rains have stopped, officials have already started the exercise from today. We have asked officials to complete the survey as soon as possible. Compensation will be paid once the survey report arrives," he told reporters, reported PTI.

The minister further said that the state government has distributed Rs 10,700 crore to the affected farmers in the last nine years, reported PTI.

As per the SDRF norms, farmers who lose equal or more than 33 per cent of their total crops are eligible to get a compensation of Rs 6,800 per hectare with a limit of two hectares, Patel said, adding that the state government can increase the relief amount if it finds it appropriate, reported PTI.

According to officials, 27 people died in multiple lightning strikes in Gujarat as widespread unseasonal rainfall battered the state, damaging homes and standing crops, reported PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)

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