Punjab announces compensation for damaged wheat crop
The Punjab government on Monday decided to offer a compensation of Rs 8,000 per acre to the farmers who had suffered crop damage from 75% to 100% and Rs 2,000 per acre to those who had suffered 25% to 33% loss.chandigarh Updated: Apr 20, 2015 23:43 IST
The Punjab government on Monday decided to offer a compensation of Rs 8,000 per acre to the farmers who had suffered crop damage from 75% to 100% and Rs 2,000 per acre to those who had suffered 25% to 33% loss.
The wheat on around one lakh hectare in the state has suffered from 75% to 100% loss.
From February to April, the rabi crops, especially wheat, suffered damage due to unseasonal rain, strong winds and hailstorm.
The exact amount of loss to the crop is still to be known and a third round of girdawari by the revenue department is under way. Agriculture minister Tota Singh told HT over the phone that a formula for compensating the farmers had been worked out and the burden would be shared by the Punjab government and the Centre.
The minister said a sum of Rs 8,000 per acre had been finalised to be paid to the farmers who had suffered crop damage from 75% to 100%. "Of this, Rs 5,400 is to be contributed by the Centre and Rs 2,600 by the state government, which has been increased from the earlier compensation of Rs 1,400 per acre," the minister said.
He said, "We can't get a fair idea of the losses as the weather conditions continue to be unpredictable. While the first girdawari report was being compiled, there was a second spell of rain, so we have to carry out the process of girdawari thrice."
He said there might not be much difference in the overall yield of wheat this time in comparison to the yield of the previous season, but individual farmers had suffered. As per reports, due to the late rain and cold weather, the wheat crop might have been damaged in the plains, but it had benefited in the Kandi area that comprised 9% of the total wheat-sown area. The wheat, this season, was sown over 35 lakh hectares.
On the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for also compensating loss up to 33% instead of the earlier loss of up to 50%, the agriculture minister said Punjab is compiling the figures under the category.
Kairon in Delhi for relaxation
Food and civil supplies minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon on Monday left for Delhi to take up the issue of relaxation in the wheat crop arriving in the procurement centres and mandis. Kairon will meet union minister for consumer affairs Ram Bilas Paswan.
Earlier, Punjab had rejected the relaxation given to Haryana by the Centre on value-cut basis. A team from the Centre was in Punjab on Monday to assess the loss to the wheat grain.
Tender process begins for transportation
The state food department has started the tendering process for transportation of wheat from mandis to storage points. Earlier, owing to low rates being offered by the state food department, the transporters had threatened to go on strike. "We have sorted out the issue and transporters are participating in the tendering process," said an officer of the state food department.