Vikhe-Patil demands proper aid to hailstorm-affected farmers of Marathwada

The Shelke family from Jalna district Marathwada lost 200 quintals of grapes on their one-­and-­a-­half acre field

The Shelke family from Jalna district Marathwada lost 200 quintals of grapes on their one-­and-­a-­half acre field

"They were on the spot within three hours of the storms", the minister said.

State agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar told reporters on Wednesday that according to preliminary surveys, crops over 190,000 hectares were damaged in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra due to unseasonal rains accompanied by hailstorms. Another five districts in Vidarbha came under the impact of hailstorm on 12 February and the final surveys would cover these districts, he added.

Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and other leaders were apprised of the matter by farmers when they toured the areas hit by unseasonal rains and hailstorm which claimed four lives, besides killing many farm animals, birds, fowl and other wild creatures. Moreover, Buldhana and Amravati in Vidarbha witnessed crop damage of around 32,700 hectares and 26,598 hectares, respectively. The affected farmers would thereafter get the compensation as per the standards of National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

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The rabi crops will be ready for harvest from next month.

We will get the exact report on losses in two days.

"We have received a report from Maharashtra".

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Meanwhile, the state cabinet also cleared another Rs 199 crore towards compensation for farmers whose lands have been acquired for various projects but the compensation has been pending due to disputes.

However, The Indian Express said that "compensation for horticulture farmers would range from Rs 40,000 per hectare for banana, Rs 36,700 for mango, Rs 23,300 for orange and sweet lemon, and Rs 20,000 for bitter lemon".

Farmers growing jowar, corn, wheat, green gram and sunflower on rain-fed land will get ₹6,800 as compensation per hectare while those having irrigated land will get ₹13,500 per hectare as compensation, he said.

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