The State government should come to the rescue of cyclone-hit farmers of Rayalaseema and Nellore.
Relaxing the wheat procurement norm, the Union government has allowed grains shriveled up to 18 per cent to be procured for the central pool from farmers in Punjab and Haryana.
Heavy financial indebtedness, lack of financial support, crop loss, exploitative marketing system and an apathetic banking system are among the many reasons for farmer suicides across the country.
With extensive crop losses and unable to repay their debts, three more farmers of the state have committed suicide adding to the shocking number.
SST was initiated on a pilot scheme in selected States during Kharif 2018 to assess crop loss accurately. It is being implemented since Kharif 2020 across the country for select crops.
According to horticulture officer J Mariyanna, dragon fruit is in good demand and existing farmers are making profits between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per acre per year.
Affected by Jawad, farmers who had to wait to harvest their crops until the stormwater receded from their lands have been hit again by the unseasonal rains.
Fields and roads were layered with hailstones while disruption in power supply since Jan 11 night threw normal life out of gear.
Meanwhile, Narsampet MLA Peddi Sudarshan Reddy along with Warangal Collector B Gopi inspected the damaged crops in the district.
Although the Ganjam district Agriculture wing had submitted the preliminary loss report by mid-December, the final assessment is yet to be completed.
Crops including paddy, groundnut, cotton, bengal gram in 4,88,761 hectares affected
Chief Secretary SC Mahapatra apprised the Central team that as per eye estimate, standing crops on more than 5.78 lakh hectare in around 131 blocks of 12 districts were severely damaged.
On Monday morning, Hanumanthaiah left for his field on the village outskirts and his body was found by farmers in the neighbouring fields, frothing at the mouth.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi said that the department has already sought damage assessment reports from the Collectors.
Counting losses in the aftermath of cyclone Jawad-induced heavy rains, farmers of Balasore and Bhadrak have expressed discontent over delay in assessment of crop damage.