Naveen Patnaik announced a special package for farmers around 300 crores for the livelihood support for the farmers hit by the recent flood in the state. Due to the rain and flood, there was massive damage to crops in various districts in Odisha last month.
The agriculture subsidy will be provided to the small and marginal farmers whose crop was lost of 33 % and above 6800 per hectare of land in rain-fed/non irrigated areas, Rs.13, 500 per hectare of land in areas under sworn irrigation, and Rs 18,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops. Perennial crops will include mango, cashew, coconut, kewra, betel vine, etc., under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The agricultural input subsidy to any affected farmer will not be less than Rs 2000 for perennial crops and Rs 1000 for other crops. More than 60,000 acres of demonstration programs of several crops will be taken up in affected districts.
1 Lakh farmers will be trained on a seed treatment programme and free supply of seed treatment chemicals and bio-pesticides to reach one Lakh for expanding production in rabi crops. 1 lakh farmers will be given with vegetable kits including seeds of palak, beans, cowpea, tomato, chilli and radish for their urgent needs through kitchen garden at the Rs 130 per kit. Furthermore, compensation for the replacement of animals shall be granted. Financial assistance will be presented to fish farmers and also in the handloom and handicraft sectors.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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