Pre-monsoon Rain Costs Agriculture Sector Rs 270 Crore - The New Indian Express

Pre-monsoon Rain Costs Agriculture Sector Rs 270 Crore

Published: 10th May 2014 09:52 AM

Last Updated: 10th May 2014 09:59 AM

The district has witnessed a devastating loss of `270 crore in the agriculture sector during the pre-monsoon period, owing to heavy thundershowers and storm.

The loss is more than 300 percentage higher than that of the previous year’s, which was at `65 crore.

Data accessed from the Agriculture Department states that more than 4,000 families were affected due the calamity that hit the district in January. An area of 1,763 hectares was completely affected due to the adverse impact of pre-monsoon showers. The areas such as Poothirkka, Ramamangalam, Moovattupuzha, Piravom, Thirumaradi, Perumbavoor and Kolenchery are the worst hit.

Precious crops like nutmeg, banana, arecanut, rubber and tapioca were completely damaged in these areas. The loss of banana is marked at the highest position with an estimate of `197.38 crore. More than 31 lakh banana plantains were completely damaged.

It is estimated that over 60,000 coconut trees fell down during this time, causing a loss of `25.45 crore.

Rubber plants, including tapping and non tapping, got a severe blow as more than 30,000 rubber trees fell down, leading to a loss of over `10 crore.

Besides, crops like pepper, tapioca and paddy, and vegetables had to suffer a huge blow due to these pre-monsoon showers.

The compensation to be offered to this huge loss has also drawn flak from many quarters. As per government norms, farmers will get 10 times lesser amount than the actual loss.

The government’s eligible assistance loss to the farmer as per the norms is calculated at `38 crore.

It is observed that the failure of the state government had resulted in pending disbursal of `3 crore to the farmers, for the loss that occurred in 2013-14.

Earlier, the department had disbursed `1.5 crore to the farmers, but later it was stalled due to financial crisis.

District Collector K G Rajamanickyam said: “The district administration will strive to provide maximum compensation to the affected farmers. The government will take care to mitigate their loss. We are in discussion with senior officials to get maximum amount as compensation. We will try our level best to mitigate the loss”.  

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