Unseasonal rain damaged crops on 34,952 hectares in Nashik dist

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

Nashik: Heavy unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms in Nashik district on November 26 damaged standing crops and orchards on 34,952 hectares in 1,316 villages of all 15 talukas, affecting 65,849 farmers, said officials from the state agriculture department, who filed panchnama for the crop losses due to rain.The agriculture department has also recommended the compensation of Rs 62.54 crore to these farmers, including compensation of Rs 24.69 crore for 29,836 farmers having irrigated farmland, Rs 4.92 crore for 11,300 farmers having non-irrigated land and compensation of Rs 32.93 crore for 24,713 farmers having orchards.The agriculture department, along with district administration officials, has completed the final assessment of the crop damage.Grape vineyards and onion crops have been largely damaged due to heavy rain and hailstorms in the district. The grape vineyards, which were to be harvested after 20 to 80 days, were badly affected.Nashik district is known for producing onions and grapes at large in the country. The district is a hub for producing both onions and grapes. While grape vineyards have been affected on 14,380.44 hectares, onion crops have been hit on 11,535.28 hectares.Paddy and wheat have been affected on 4,677 hectares and 1,111 hectares, respectively.District guardian minister Dada Bhuse had given a weeks deadline to complete the final assessment of the crop losses so that the government could provide compensation to the rain-hit farmers at the earliest.Accordingly, the agriculture department completed the assessment and submitted the report to the state agriculture department and the district administration on Wednesday.Niphad taluka is the worst hit in the district as standing crops and orchards have been damaged on 10,206 hectares, followed by Chandwad on 7,394 hectares and Nandgaon on 5,551 hectares.We also published the following articles recentlyFarmers guard chilli crops in Laxmeshwar talukFarmers in Laxmeshwar taluk, Gadag district, are guarding their chilli crops day and night to protect them from thieves. Due to low yield caused by drought, there is a high demand for red chilli in the market, with prices expected to further increase. Some miscreants recently stole chillies from farmers fields, prompting increased security measures. Chilli growers are getting Rs 45,000 to 50,000 per quintal in the market. However, farmers are concerned about theft and have requested increased police patrolling near their fields.Michaung damages crops in over 6L acresCyclone Michaung caused extensive damage to standing crops in over six lakh acres across the state, with figures estimated to be higher by farmer associations. The Rayalaseema districts, along with Guntur, Krishna, NTR, and the North Andhra districts, bore the brunt of the cyclone. Paddy, cotton, chilli, maize, tobacco, and sugarcane crops were affected, with a significant percentage of damage. The cyclone also impacted vegetable availability in Nellore, Chittoor, Prakasam, and Guntur districts. Tomato crops in various regions suffered extensive damage, leading to a shortage and potential increase in vegetable prices. Rice prices are also expected to be severely impacted in the coming months.Opposition netas call government anti-farmer, want total loan waiver, aid for crop hit by rainsThe winter session of the state legislature began with opposition protests outside Vidhan Bhavan over farmers issues. The opposition leader raised the matter through an adjournment motion, which was denied by the Speaker. The CM and other ministers visited villages affected by unseasonal rain to assess crop damage. The opposition demanded immediate help for farmers, including a complete farm loan waiver and higher MSP. They criticized the Mahayuti government as anti-farmer and highlighted the dire situation through symbolic gestures. The opposition leader called for discussions on the farmers issues, which will be held on Friday. The government clarified that financial aid has been provided to drought-hit towns and additional funds are being allocated to affected villages.

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