Bhubaneswar, Nov 11 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced livelihood support package for people of six districts, who bore the brunt of cyclone Bulbul.
Patnaik conducted an aerial survey of the affected districts and said financial assistance is being implemented to ameliorate the suffering of the cyclone-affected people.
Cyclone Bulbul damaged three lakh-hectare stretch of agriculture and horticulture crops in five districts – Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts.
Agriculture subsidy will be provided to the small and marginal farmers who suffered crop loss of 33% and above at the rate of Rs 6, 800 per hectare in rain fed/ non-irrigated area, Rs 13,500 per hectare in areas under assured irrigation and Rs18,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops like mango, coconut, cashew and betel vine, the Chief Minister’s office said in a release.
Besides assistance in the form of mini kits of pulses and oil seed will be provided to 50,000 farmers during Rabi 2019-20.
Similarly, the state will supply vegetable mini kits to 10,000 farmers during Rabi 2019-20.
In a bid to support the cyclone-hit farmers, the government has decided to convert the short term Rabi crop loans to long term loans, the release added.
Meanwhile, a delegation of senior officials from the Centre is expected to arrive in the state on 14 November to assess the extent of damage caused due to Bulbul.