Berhampur, Nov 17 (LocalWire) The unseasonal rains last month had caused damage to 6,961 hectares of crops including to 6,850 hectares of standing paddy crop area in Ganjam district.
The joint verification report compiled by the agriculture and revenue department and representatives of the crop insurance companies assessed 6,961 hectare agriculture fields bearing the brunt of heavy rainfall of which a sizeable chunk was under paddy cultivation, official sources said..
Of the 22 blocks in the district, heavy rain had battered 12 blocks, causing major damage to agriculture sector.
The damage assessment report is being sent to the government to cover the affected farmers under input subsidy and crop insurance schemes, the sources said.
“The farmers who suffered 33% or more crop damage are entitled for input subsidy and those who suffered 50% loss will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Phasal Bima Yojana (PMPBY)” said district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
The crop damage is assessed at over 50% in 1,950 hectares of crop area while 2,625 hectares suffered 33 per cent and 2,375 hectares suffered 33 to 50 per cent damage, deputy director of agriculture, Ganjam, Kasinath Khuntia said.
Rangeilunda block was worst affected in the rains which accounted for 1,165.55 hectares damage, he said adding the district had received an average 178.05 mm rainfall in three days from October 23 to 25.
The rains had also damaged the road network and 110 houses besides killing 150 cattle in Gajapati district.
Paddy cultivation was done in about 2.09 lakh hectares of land in the last Kharif season.