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After hailstorm, Maharashtra govt seeks 200 cr from centre for crop loss

After hailstorm, Maharashtra govt seeks 200 cr from centre for crop loss

The affected farmers would thereafter get the compensation as per the standards of National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

On February 11 and 12, the state had hailstorm in its Marathwada and Vidarbha region affecting 16 districts and 1279 villages.

"We are also conducting meetings with the insurance companies for speedy processing of claims", the minister added.

As per state agriculture minister, Pandurang Fundkar, the central government has been informed about the status of damage in the state which occurred due to hailstorm and unseasonal rains. He visited about 14 villages to take stock of the situation.

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On his part, Deshmukh urged the local administration to immediately carry out preliminary assessment of the losses suffered by the farming community to enable them get compensation as soon as possible. Meanwhile, for the horticulture or perennial crops, farmers will get rupees 18,000 per hectare.

Maharashtra's farmers may be faced with another year of distress, with unseasonal hailstorms earlier this week causing extensive damage to crops in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

Quoting a revenue official from Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, PTI had said the hailstorm severely damaged crops including grapes, cotton, green gram and wheat among others.

Preliminary reports of the agriculture department showed that till 13 February, data about crop losses due to hailstorm were being received from 16 districts. There are different compensation norms for the different crops like for sweet lime Rs 23,000 per ha, for banana Rs 40,000 per ha, mangoes Rs 36,000 per ha, etc. But the amount that we have calculated depends on the compensation offered for different crops. "A sizeable loss of cattle and poultry have been reported, the official had said". But the losses would be around Rs 200 crore.