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Gujarat announces Rs500 crore agri relief package for Tauktae-impacted farmers in the state

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The Gujarat government has announced an Rs500 crore agri relief package for farmers whose crops have been destroyed by cyclonic storm Tauktae.

The package was announced following a core committee meeting headed by chief minister Vijay Rupani. The chief minister said substantial damage to crops has been recorded in Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Botad and Navsari, Surat, Bharuch, and Valsad in south Gujarat.

In all, agriculture in two lakh hectare of land in 86 talukas of the state has been impacted. Rupani said the package will help farmers recover from the losses suffered due to Tauktae.

The state which announced a compensation of Rs1 lakh per ha up to a maximum of two ha for farmers whose fruit trees have been completely uprooted claimed that this was for the first time that such a high compensation was given.

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The state also announced that the compensation due to the farmers will be credited to their bank accounts in two installments in a week. The survey of destruction to agriculture is also likely to be completed by Thursday.

Highlights of the relief package

  • The decision was taken at a core committee meeting.
  • The package will cover help for farmers whose 33% or more crop has been damaged including horticulture farmers.
  • Help will be directly credited to the account of farmers.
  • The survey of the damage to agriculture will be completed by May 27.
  • In cases where fruit-bearing trees like mango, Chiku, lemon, and coconut have been uprooted, farmers will be paid per hectare a maximum of Rs1 lakh as compensation. It will however cover a maximum of up to 2 hectares.
  • In case where the tree has not been uprooted but the fruits have been destroyed a compensation of Rs30,000 per ha up to a maximum of 2 ha will be given.
  • For summer crops that have been destroyed, a compensation of Rs20,000 per ha for a maximum of two ha will be given.

 

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