The state government declared it would provide seeds at subsidised rates to cotton and corn growers to help them overcome the agrarian crisis. The government also announced a relief package of Rs 166 crore for mango and cashew nut producing farmers who had suffered crop losses owing to unseasonal rains.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday gave in-principle approval for provision of seeds at subsidised rates even as the decision to provide monetary relief to horticulture farmers in Konkan was approved by the state Cabinet.
Relief and rehabilitation minister Eknath Khadse said that farmers had been forced to take up sowing operations for the second time owing to climatic changes in the past few years, which in turn meant that more seeds were required.
“Keeping problems of farmers in mind, the state government has decided to implement the Centre’s scheme to provide seeds at half the original price for cotton and corn growers,” announced Mr Khadse. He said that the CM had given in-principle approval to the proposal as orders needed to be placed in advance for procurement of seeds. Farmers holding small and medium land parcels would be made beneficiaries under the scheme.
Mr Khadse said that mango growers had suffered losses across 42,000 hectares in Konkan while cashew nut producers had suffered losses across more than 23,000 hectares due to untimely showers. “To provide them monetary relief, the state government has sanctioned an ex-gratia amount of Rs 166 crore,” he said. The crop losses were estimated to be around Rs 468 crore out of which Rs 166 crore had already been approved by the government and the rest would be given soon.