Relief Promise For Farmers

Minister Agriculture, Damodar Rout today assured that State Government was ready to provide assistance from State Disaster Relief Fund(SDRF) to the farmers affected due to pest attack on crop.


And Dr.Rout also appealed the farmers to inform the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment about their problems through a helpline, 1800-180-1551 set up to address the issues.
He said adequate steps are being taken to address the problems faced by the farmers due to pest attack in various parts of the State
Dr.Rout told  Media that a Team of Experts is visiting the pest affected areas and an official report is likely this evening.
He said the Government will take appropriate steps to redress the farmers’ issues.
"The Government is prepared to provide assistance to the affected farmers under State Disaster Relief Fund," Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout said.
 Alarmed over the rising incidents of farmers burning their crops on the fields due to pest attack, State government asked the Collectors of eight districts to submit report within two days on the quantum of crop loss due to the pest attacks.
The Revenue and Disaster Management Department has asked the Collectors after a farmer in Baragarh district allegedly committed suicide yesterday for crop loss due to pest attack.
Besides, the State government has received reports from Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Rayagada and Ganjam districts that farmers have set afire their fields after failing to save their crop from pests.
The State Government asked the collectors of Bargarh, Bolangir, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Koraput, Nuapada, Sambalpur and Sonepur to submit reports on the quantum of crop loss due to the pest attack, the officials said.
SRC has asked the district authorities to conduct joint field verification through the field functionaries of revenue and disaster management, agriculture and farmers empowerment departments.
The Collectors were asked to furnish their reports along with detailed information about the area under crop loss to the extent of 33 per cent and above to the department within two days, an official said.
 Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has asked the district collector of Bargarh and secretaries of agriculture and revenue departments to submit their reports on suicides by farmers within three weeks.
 It issued the notice based on a petition filed by Samajwadi Party State President Rabi Behera on the alleged suicide by a farmer from Kalapani village in Bargarh district.
 On the allegation of fake pesticides being provided to farmers, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Sourav Garg said that teams have been engaged to verify the pesticides available in the markets of Bargarh district.
"Stringent action will be taken if duplicate pesticide are sold to farmers," he said.
Mr.Garg said the farmers can get information about crops and other tips dialing 1800-180-1551 toll free number between 10 am and 6 pm every day and urged the farmers not to impatient or burn their crops.
According to sources, Agriculture Department has been undertaking a program to handle the issue of pest attack through internet.
Experts of the Odisha University of Agriculture, Agriculture Directorate and Union Coordinated Pest Management Organisation are providing tips on managing Ledapoka, Patrachhat Poda Roga, and Matiagundi pests.
The farmers are also being informed through media and posters about the pests, the press release added.  


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