Package For Farmers

Odisha Government has rolled out a slew of packages to ameliorate the sufferings of farmers in several districts of the State hit by extremely severe cyclone ‘FANI’ that wreaked havoc on 3 May.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 11 May announced that farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 per cent and above will received compensation at the rate of Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rain fed/non irrigated areas while those in areas under assured irrigation will receive Rs.13,500 per hectare of land and Rs18,000 will be paid per hectare to farmers for all types of perennial crops.

Those farmers who go for perennial crops will receive Rs 2000 while those going for other crops will receive Rs 1000, he said.

Agriculture input subsidy will be provided to the small and marginal farmers who have sustained loss to perennial crops including mango, cashew, coconut, kewra, betel vine etc.

The assistance shall be provided to the actual cultivators, he said adding, the agricultural input subsidy shall be supplied to the FANI affected districts during Kharif 2019-20.

He said special assistance @ Rs 20,000 per hectare or Ratoon Crop Management @ Rs.12,500/- based on the farmer’s requirement shall be provided with 50 per cent subsidy limited to a maximum of Rs.15,000.

This will be made available to the affected farmers in the “FANI” affected areas at a subsidy of 50 per cent limited to a maximum of Rs.3800 for battery operated sprayers and Rs 600 for hand operated sprayers.

The farmers will be trained in 2000 camps to adopt seed treatment with free supply for increasing production in Kharif crops while immediate steps will be taken to arrange seeds in sufficient quantity for the Kharif season, the Chief Minister said.

He said the assistance will be disbursed to the farmers in the affected districts.

An incentive of Rs. 15,000 per farmer will be provided while Rs 40,000 per unit will be provided for construction of Shade Net / thatched structure.

For honeybee keepers and women SHGs Rs. 2,000 per box will be provided to 500 farmers / WSHGs for livelihood support, the Chief Minister said adding, distribution of fruit seedlings to each farmer will be provided for livelihood sustenance.

He said 5000 pump sets and 10,000 sprayers will be supplied to 2 lakh farmers for chemical seed treatment for two lakh acres, quality seeds and other farm inputs will be provided to the tune of Rs 150 crores.

Mr.Patnaik announced providing assistance to 5000 farmers / WSHGs Betel Vine cultivation, 1000 mushroom units and honeybee growers.
Five mango grafts and as many coconut seedlings will be provided to 50,000 affected farmers, the package offered along with taking up four lakh nutri-gardens and ‘Pan Baroj’ with support for inter-cropping package for three years, in order to provide income support in the initial period to the farmers, while the plantations reach the fruit-bearing stage.
Short term Rabi loans advanced in the affected areas during Rabi 2019 having crop loss of 33 per cent and above shall be converted into Medium Term (Conversion) Loans.

The due date of Rabi short term loans advanced in the affected areas shall be extended up to June 30, 2020 to facilitate conversion of such loans into medium term (Conversion ) loans.

Expeditious steps will be taken to organise Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) by covering maximum number of share croppers / oral lessees to provide them credit during the current Kharif season, Patnaik said and added, expeditious steps will be taken to conduct crop cutting experiments to settle the claims of the affected insured farmers under crop insurance scheme, PMFBY, with risks of localized calamity and mid-season adversity.

The Centre will be requested to provide interest incentive of 3% for medium term (Conversion) loans i.e. at par with crop loans for prompt paying farmers, he said.
The Chief Minister also announced packages for fishermen, dairy and poultry sectors and compensation for loss of animal/bird stock.

He said the school fees and school examination fees up to High School level in Government Schools shall be waived in the affected areas and two extra pairs of School uniform shall be provided in the extremely affected areas and one extra pair in the severely affected areas to the children up to elementary school level.

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