Package For Pest Victims

Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty announced that the farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent (PC) and above due to pest attack will be provided agriculture input subsidy,

Briefing media persons after the Agriculture Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today, Mr.Mohanty said the affected farmers will get Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rainfed/non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare in areas under assured irrigation.Minister Agriculture Damodar Rout, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan and others were present.
 “Agriculture input subsidy will also be provided to the farmers other than small and marginal ones at the same rates subject to a ceiling of two hectares per farmer”, he said, adding the assistance shall be provided to the actual cultivators.
The Minister said in pest affected areas, 75 pc subsidy will be provided to farmers for purchase of insecticides/pesticides for management of BPH of crops sown during Kharif, 2017.
 “Steps will be taken to make pesticides available in all affected blocks immediately”, he said, adding the benefit will be limited to maximum two hectares per farmer. Mr.Mohanty said 10,000 sprayers will be made available to the affected farmers in the BPH affected areas at a subsidy of 50 pc subject to maximum of Rs 3,000 per sprayer.
The Minister said as many as 50,000 landless, marginal and small farmers in the pest affected areas will be provided livelihood support in terms of backyard poultry. “At the same time, a focused approach will be adopted to take up intensive fodder cultivation in these gram panchayats through distribution of suitable fodder kits”, he informed.
Mr.Mohanty said 1 lakh seed mini-kits and demonstration kits comprising paddy, pulses and oil seeds and 50,000 vegetable kits will be supplied to the farmers for the Rabi program in the affected villages. He further stated that as many as 5,000 pump sets shall be provided with 50 pc subsidy limited to Rs 15,000 per pump set to the farmers. “Besides, availability of pump sets in different Agro Service Centers shall be publicized to enable the farmers to hire the same”, the Minister said.
Mr.Mohanty said expeditious steps will be taken to organize Joint Liability Groups by covering maximum number of sharecroppers/oral lessees to provide them credit during the current Rabi season.
“Farmers affected by pest attack in the Kharif season shall be provided fresh finance for Rabi cultivation during the current Rabi season, which has commended from October 1, 2017”, he informed. The minister said short term Kharif loans advanced in the affected areas during Kharif 2017 having crop loss of 33 pc shall be converted into Medium Term (conversion) loans.
He said the due date of Kharif short term loans advanced in the affected areas shall be extended up to September 30, 2018 to facilitate conversion of such locals into Medium Term (conversion) ones.
The Minister said the Union Government will be requested to provide interest incentive of 3 pc for Medium Term (Conversion) loans at par with crop loans for prompt paying farmers. He said the district administrations have been directed to keep a close watch on money lenders and other unscrupulous elements causing financial hardship to the farmers and Police will initiate tough action against such elements under the Odisha Money Lenders Act and various sections of the Criminal Procedure Code. “The SPs will have the responsibility to proactively deal with. DIGs will review the matter”, he informed.
Mr.Mohanty said Oidsha Lift Irrigation Corporation shall take immediate steps to repair Lift Irrigation Points in all affected villages on priority basis. “Steps shall be taken to operate LI points during Rabi season”, he stated.
 “The district level committees constituted to revive the defunct LI points shall start the works immediately and complete the same by December 31”, the Minister said, adding steps will be taken to energize all pending deep bore wells on priority basis.
The Minister said MGNREGA works will be taken up by the Panchayatiraj Department to establish water harvesting structures/desiliting of field channels, diversion weirs, etc. He said 50 pc remission in respect of cess on land revenue will be given to farmers where the crop loss in 33 pc or more.  
“Collection of the remaining amount will be deferred to the next financial year without levying any interest”, Mr.Mohanty said, adding collection of water rate in pest affected villages has been waived for the current year.
The Minister said tuition and examination fees in government aided schools and colleges in pest affected areas in the State shall be waived off. 

“The Government has undertaken proactive action for protection of the interests of the farmers. It will continue to work in a dedicated manner to mitigate the difficulties experienced by the farmers in pest affected areas”, Minister announced.

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