Untimely rain and hailstorm resulted in over 50% crop loss in 411 villages of Rajasthan’s 14 districts, shows a crop assessment report.
The report, which assessed crop loss up to March 15, found that the unseasonal rain and hailstorm between March 2 and 11 affected 2,031 villages in 71 tehsils of 23 districts.
The worst affected district was Barmer, where over 50% crop loss was reported in 142 villages and up to 50% crop loss in 227 villages of four tehsils. Barmer district collector Sudheer Sharma said the assessment report was sent to the state government.
Hindustan Times has a copy of the assessment report that found 625 villages in nine districts suffered up to 50% crop loss and 995 villages in 19 districts suffered less than 33% crop loss.
In Barmer, which was worst hit in the hailstorm, 99 villages of Dhorimanna tehsil and 44 villages of Gudamalani tehsil reported over 50% crop loss, while 227 villages of four tehsils reported up to 50% crop loss.
Sri Ganganagar district was the second worst affect with 138 villages of four tehsils suffering over 50% crop loss, and 88 villages up to 50% crop loss.
In addition, 64 villages of Sri Ganganagar tehsil, 17 villages of Sri Karanpur tehsil, and eight villages of Sadul Sehar had less than 33% crop loss.
Farmers in the state are covered under weather-based crop insurance schemes and modified national agriculture insurance scheme, which were implemented in 20 and 13 districts respectively.
If farmers suffered crop damage up to 33%, they will be compensated under these two schemes. However, if the damage exceeds 33%, relief will be provided through the state disaster management department.