Central team arrives in Maha for crop damage assessment

Aurangabad, Nov 22 (PTI) A central team on Fridaybegan its three-day visit to Marathwada region of Maharashtrato carry out assessment of crop damage caused by recentunseasonal rains.

The team, which comprises two officials from theCentre's Agriculture Department, arrived in Aurangabad onFriday. On the first day, it is scheduled to visit Sillod,Phulambri and Kannad talukas, a statement from the districtcollectorate said.

On Saturday, the team will visit Gevrai, Majalgaon,Dharur and Wadhwani in Beed district, while on Sunday it willgo to Badnapur, Bhokardan and Jaffrabad in Jalna district, itadded.

According to an official, the team will observe thedamage to crops, including maize, grapes, soybean, cotton andbajra, across these three districts.

Unseasonal showers and delayed retreat of monsoon hasaffected farmers in parts of the state, especially inAurangabad, Amravati and Nashik divisions.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had onNovember 16 announced financial relief to farmers whose cropwas damaged in unseasonal rains, and ordered its immediatedisbursal.

The relief entails Rs 8,000 per hectare up to twohectares for agricultural Kharif crops and Rs 18,000 perhectare up to two hectares for horticulture/perennial crops.

Earlier this month, the then chief minister DevendraFadnavis had approved Rs 10,000 crore as a special assistancefor affected farmers. PTI AWNP NP