On the first day of the monsoon session of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid package of Rs 3,700 crore for crop damage caused by heavy rains in the kharif season. This assistance will be given to 37 lakh hectares in 123 talukas of 20 districts of the state.
This assistance package will benefit about 27 lakh farmer account holders in the state.
Damage To Crops Including Groundnut, Cotton,Paddy
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that heavy rains in some talukas of the state in August 2020 have resulted in flooding of farms causing damage to crops.The onset of monsoon in the state this year was good and timely.In the initial stage,there was moderate rainfall and very good production conditions in all the districts of the state, but during the month of August, some talukas of the state received heavy rains and due to flooding in the fields,damage was reported to crops,mainly groundnut,cotton,paddy, sesame,Crops like millets,pulses,vegetables etc have been damaged.
An Area Of 37 Lakh Hectares Will Be Eligible For Assistance
The state government has repeatedly announced that the state government was considering providing assistance to farmers in the state in case of crop loss of 33 per cent and above. Out of the estimated 51 lakh hectares of planted area in 123 talukas of 20 districts of the state, an estimated 37 lakh hectares will be eligible for assistance as per the aid norms after considering the assessment of the survey conducted by the Agriculture Department on September 19 damage in some talukas in kharif season this year.
For 2 Hectares Rs.10 Thousand Per Hectare Assistance
In case of crop loss of 33% and above, a maximum of Rs.10 thousand per hectare assistance will be paid.In addition, no matter how little land the farmer has, he should be paid at least Rs.The state government has decided to pay Rs 5,000.The assistance package will benefit an estimated 27 lakh farmer account holders in the state.Not only that, if there is an assessment of crop damage in other talukas of the state, the state government will also consider it.
Portal Open On 1 October
The portal for online application for this assistance will be open from October 1,with the cost of applying online being borne by the state government.Farmers will have to apply at the nearest e-gram center.At the end of the approval process as per the application,the assistance amount will be deposited directly online in the farmer’s bank account,the CM said.