Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced financial assistance for farmers in the Cyclone Yaas-affected areas of the state.
On May 26, the very severe cyclonic storm “Yaas” battered several districts, causing extensive damage to crops, livestock, fisheries, handlooms, and silk.
The Chief Minister announced the financial package to compensate the farmers and directed the authorities for immediate implementation.
- Small and nominal farmers in non-irrigated areas with a loss of 33 percent or more will be given an input subsidy of Rs 6800 per hectare for non-irrigated land. In the irrigated areas, input subsidies of Rs 13,500 per hectare and Rs 18,000 per hectare for all types of year-round crops will be provided. Farmers associated with mango, cashew, coconut, betel leaf plantation, etc, are included in the year-round crops category, real will be provided with this assistance.
- Farmers will get a minimum input subsidy of Rs 2,000 for a year-round crop and a minimum of Rs 1,000 for other crops.
- Farmers in the affected districts will be provided with 1.5 lakh quintals of high-quality certified paddy seeds along with a 25 percent rebate from the current rebate for the 2021 Kharif season. The rebate will be credited directly to the farmer’s account through DBT.
- During the Kharif season, 100,000 farmers will be included in the seed refining program for one lakh acres of land for higher yields.
- During the Kharif season, 25,000 acres of land in the affected areas will be covered for paddy, jute, and pulses. Farmers adopting improved farming methods will be given an incentive of Rs 1,500 per hectare for 36,000 acres of land.
- Input subsidies will be given to farmers’ accounts on a requirement of 60,000 hectares of land for pest control. Farmers in the affected districts will be given a Rs 20 crore discount through DBT to buy high-quality agricultural machinery.
- Farmers in the affected areas will be provided with 2,000 pump sets and 3,000 sprayers at a discounted rate. A maximum discount of Rs 15,000 will be given for a 50 percent discount for pump sets, a maximum of Rs 3,800 for a 50 percent discount on power sprayer, and a maximum of Rs 750 for hand sprayer.
- Farmers in Bhadrak and Balasore districts have been affected by the floods. Therefore, Rs 750 per hectare will be provided for the management of soil nutrition and improvement of soil quality (Nutrient Management & Soil Ameliorants). Assistance will be provided for a total of 10,000 hectares of land.
- An incentive of Rs 15,000 will be provided to 125 farmers each for betel vine farming through DBT.
- Around 10,000 affected farmers will be provided with high-quality saplings at a cost of Rs 115 for garden farming.
- Rs 40,000 will be provided to 50 mushroom cultivation units affected by the storm. Affected farmers can restore their cultivation units with this assistance, which will be provided directly to the farmer’s bank account.
- Farmers in the affected areas will be provided free 10,000 vegetable mini kits worth Rs 110 per kit.
- Steps will be taken to expedite the preparation of crop harvest reports so that the claims of the affected farmers covered by the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) can be resolved.
- Short-term Kharif loans to farmers with losses of more than 33 percent in the affected areas will be converted into medium-term loans.
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- Assistance will also be provided to farmers who have lost dairy cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. A sum of Rs 30,000 has been announced for dairy animals, while Rs 25,000 (for a maximum of three) will be provided for non-dairy animals. Similarly, for a maximum of 6 calves – Rs 16,000 per calf, Rs 3,000 up to 30 goats/sheep. Rs 50 per chicken and a maximum of Rs 5,000 will be given to each affected farmers. Besides, Rs 2,100 will be provided for the reconstruction of the cattle sheds.
- For cyclone-affected fishermen, Rs 4,100 will be given for repairs to their partially damaged boats, Rs 2,100 for partially damaged fishing nets, Rs 9600 for the repair of the fully damaged boat, and Rs 2600 for entirely damaged fishing nets.
- An input subsidy of Rs 12,200 per hectare and Rs 8,200 per hectare for damaged fish seed farms will be provided for the restoration of flood-hit fish farms/fish seed farms.
- Many handlooms and handicrafts artisans have also been affected by the cyclone. Therefore, the affected artisans will be paid Rs 4,100 for their equipment and Rs 4,100 will be paid to each artisan for the destroyed raw materials and manufactured goods.
- The input subsidy will be Rs 4800 per hectare for the farmers of Erie, Mulberry, and Tusser, and Rs 6,000 per hectare for the Muga farmers.
- Extensive employment opportunities will be created under the MGNREGS scheme to provide employment to the affected people. It will also focus on the repair and maintenance of gram panchayat roads, playgrounds, canals, mud dams, etc., of cattle sheds, and goat sheds as well as the cultivation of cattle feed.
- Eligible beneficiaries will be provided with housing and other assistance in accordance with the SDRF/NDRF rules.