Maharashtra: Hailstorm hits crop on over 1.8 lakh hectares

In this image an official is seen assessing the extent of crop damage after hailstorm hit Telangana's Adilabad on Monday | Express

In this image an official is seen assessing the extent of crop damage after hailstorm hit Telangana's Adilabad on Monday | Express

Three days after they suffered huge crop losses following unseasonal rains and hailstorm in different parts of Maharashtra, angry farmers on Tuesday staged road blocks on the busy Nagpur-Amravati Highway demanding expeditious compensation.

"Otherwise, we will not allow the government to function in upcomingBudget session of the assembly", said Mr Vikhe-Patil, who was incity to inspect the affected parts of the district along with MPCCpresident Ashok Chavan and other party leaders. According to preliminary surveys, crops over 190,000 hectares were damaged in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra due to hailstorms. Another five districts in Vidarbha came under the impact of hailstorm on 12 February and the final surveys would cover these districts, he added.

Based on the preliminary assessment, Buldhana, Amaravati, and Jalna have suffered the maximum damage.

Farmers will receive compensation ranging from Rs 6,800 a hectare to Rs 18,000 a hectare depending upon the type of farmland and crop cultivated, from the National Disaster Response Fund. While tentative reports of the losses of in many hailstorm-hit areas had been received, the final report on losses due to unseasonal rains in Buldhana, Nanded, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Wardha was expected by February 16, he added.

Quoting a revenue official from Aurangabad divisional commissionerate, PTI had said the hailstorm severely damaged crops including grapes, cotton, green gram and wheat among others. Since Saturday, districts in Marathwada and Vidarbha region have been reporting hailstorms.

Farmers who are not covered under fruit crop insurance will get ₹18,000 per hectare as compensation.

For banana plantation ₹40,000 per acre, ₹36,000 for mangoes and ₹20,000 for lemon framers would be provided as compensation. In some states like Gujarat, wheat harvesting has begun.

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