Post-monsoon showers damage crops in Maharashtra’s Akola; farmers demand compensation under Centre's crop insurance scheme

This has raised the demand for declaring wet drought in the Vidarbha region and compensation for farmers under the Centre's crop insurance scheme

Press Trust of India October 29, 2019 16:59:36 IST
Post-monsoon showers damage crops in Maharashtra’s Akola; farmers demand compensation under Centre's crop insurance scheme
  • Heavy post-monsoon showers in Maharashtra's Akola district have destroyed various crops

  • This has raised the demand for declaring wet drought in the Vidarbha region and compensation for farmers under the Centre's crop insurance scheme

  • Farmers in Balapur, Patur, Barshitakali, Telhara and Akot talukas of Akola district were hit hard due to the showers recently

Akola: Heavy post-monsoon showers in Maharashtra's Akola district have destroyed various crops, raising the demand for declaring wet drought in the Vidarbha region and compensation for farmers under the Centre's crop insurance scheme.

Postmonsoon showers damage crops in Maharashtras Akola farmers demand compensation under Centres crop insurance scheme

Representational image. Reuters

Farmers in Balapur, Patur, Barshitakali, Telhara and Akot talukas of Akola district were hit hard due to the showers recently. As per official data, more than 1.7 lakh hectares of soybean, 9,512 hectares of sorghum and over 1.5 lakh hectares of cotton have been damaged because of the untimely rains.

Speaking about the agrarian crisis, Union minister of state Sanjay Dhotre on Monday said he had written to his agriculture counterpart Narendra Singh Tomar, asking him to declare a wet drought in Vidarbha and seeking compensation for farmers under the Centre's crop insurance scheme.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asked the chief secretary to carry out an assessment of damaged crops at the earliest. "CM Devendra Fadnavis instructed chief secretary to
provide immediate relief to farmers who were affected by the heavy rains in some parts of Maharashtra by completing a survey at the earliest," the chief minister's office (CMO) tweeted.

Shiv Sena MLA from Balapur constituency, Nitin Tale, on Tuesday promised to take up the issue of crop damage in the first Assembly session and seek relief from the government.

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