Bhubaneswar, August 6 (LocalWire): Cyclone Fani triggered losses to the tune of Rs 3033 crores in agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors, according to a disaster Damage Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) report compiled by the state government, Asian Development Bank, United Nations and the World Bank.
The report sought Rs 2,615 crores for recovery of these cyclone-battered sectors.
The agriculture sector, which also includes horticulture and cash crops, was worst affected, accounting for 55% of the total damage and loss, the DLNA report said.
The destruction of perennial crops will cause temporary loss of livelihoods, employment and agrarian income and will result in increase of post-disaster government expenditure (including compensation for crop losses or other support to various crops damaged in the cyclone), it said.
Production losses are expected to last several years and rural household income is expected to remain depressed over a long period of time.
Livestock rearing constitutes an integral part of the farming system. Around 24.5 lakh large animals, 10 lakh small animals and 54 lakh poultry were affected due to Cyclone Fani. Damage and loss to livestock is estimated at Rs 1,206.81 crores, representing around 39.7% of the total losses to the sector, including production loss, death of animals and decline in eggs and milk production.
The total damage and loss in the fisheries sector including damages to aquaculture and infrastructure is calculated at Rs 158.35 crores amounting to 5% of the total damage and loss in the sector.
Damage and loss to the marine fishery and Chilka fishery remain high.
The worst affected districts were Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, and Khurda. Revival and restoration of assets lost both in fisheries and aquaculture needs to be prioritized.
In the medium-term, registration of all aquaculture entities and inland fishers, strengthening of value chain initiative on inland fishery and riverine fishery including strengthening producer companies, skill building and insurance are the proposed strategy for revival.
In the long-term there is a need to strengthen the mechanism to adhere to Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) regulations, promote shelter-belt plantations to protect against cyclones and storm surges, regulate habitations close to coast, promote alternative livelihoods and maintain ecosystem, the report suggested.