Tamil Nadu: ₹20,000 per hectare relief for Cauvery delta farmers hit by unseasonal rains

₹20,000 per hectare would be provided to Cauvery delta farmers who lost almost a third of their paddy crop.

ByPTI

Published Feb 07, 2023 | 3:30 PM Updated Feb 07, 2023 | 3:30 PM

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A relief of ₹20,000 per hectare would be provided to Cauvery delta farmers for loss of yield to the tune of 33 percent or more for ready-to-harvest paddy crop affected by unseasonal heavy rainfall, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced in Chennai on Monday, 6 February.

Following a briefing by Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam, Food Minister R Sakkarapani and top officials who inspected the rain-hit crops in the Cauvery delta region, Stalin ordered a relief package for the affected farmers.

The Revenue and Agriculture departments would together assess the crop damage due to unseasonal heavy rainfall and for damaged crops, under the category of pulses ₹3,000 per hectare would be provided and for affected Urad farmers, 8 kilograms of pulses seed would be given at 50 percent subsidy.

A relief of ₹20,000 per hectare would be provided to Cauvery delta farmers for loss of yield to the tune of 33 percent or more for ready-to-harvest paddy crops battered by rains in accordance with the disaster management rules.

In order to help farmers affected by rains to immediately take up the harvest of paddy, harvest machinery would be made available for rent at a 50 percent subsidy through the Agricultural Engineering Department.

If crop assessment/examination has been completed for purposes under the crop insurance scheme, steps would be taken for additional evaluation now.

Chief Secretary takes part

Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu and top officials took part in the meeting to review the inspection report on affected crops.

On 4 February, Chief Minister Stalin said that appropriate action would be taken on providing relief to farmers of the Cauvery delta region after looking into inputs from a panel of ministers and officials that studied the damage to crops due to unseasonal rains.

Delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Ariyalur and Pudukottai witnessed heavy rainfall last week.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, Stalin apprised him of the situation and urged the Centre to relax paddy procurement norms including stipulation on moisture content.

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Tamil Nadu All Farmers Associations’ Coordination had said on Friday that about five lakh acre paddy crop, ready for harvest, was completely damaged due to unseasonal rainfall in Cauvery delta areas.

On 29 January, a low-pressure area developed and the next day it intensified into a well-marked low-pressure area and later became a depression over south Sri Lanka and then weakened into a well-marked low-pressure area over Cape Comorin. In view of the weather system, heavy rainfall was witnessed in delta areas and some other districts.

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