Odisha announces Rs 124-crore package for pest-affected areas

Odisha farmers to get compensation for pest attack

Odisha farmers to get compensation for pest attack

Bhubaneswar: The Agriculture Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved packages for farmers whose crops have been affected and damaged across the state due to pest attack.

The affected farmers will get Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rainfed/non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 in areas under assured irrigation.

The farmers, who have suffered more than 33 percent crop loss due to pest attack or any natural calamity, will get compensation but those who burnt their paddy fields will not get any assistance, the Minister told mediapersons as two more farmers from Kalahandi and Rayagada districts burnt their crops after failing to save it from pest attack. The State Government provides a loan to them without any mortgage and at a very low interest rate, he said.

Besides, Rout informed that the government will soon start disbursing Rabi loans to farmers.

"All including the affected farmers who have set fire to their crops will get assistance".

"The government is with the farmers".

The minister said the cabinet also resolved that in the pest affected areas, 75 per cent subsidy will be provided to the farmers for purchase of insecticides/pesticides for crops sown during the Kharif season this year, Mohanty said.

Even as the report of the district collector on suicide by Brunda Sahu reached the Government, the Minister said an investigation is required to know why the farmer took the ultimate step.

As many as 50,000 landless, marginal, and small farmers in the pest affected areas will be provided with livelihood support in terms of backyard poultry.

In the affected villages, 1 lakh farmers will be provided with mini kits and demonstration kits comprising of paddy, pulses and oilseeds and 50,000 vegetable kits will be provided to farmers for Rabi programme.

The Agriculture Cabinet also chose to waive the tuition fees and examination fee in government and aided schools and colleges in the pest affected areas.

"We have provisioned Rs 5000 crore for giving loans for Rabi crop. We have Rs 5000 crore for the objective so there will be no dearth of funds for extending loans", said Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout briefing reporters after the Agriculture Cabinet meeting.

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