SRINAGAR: The assessment of losses suffered by farmers due to extreme weather so far this year would be started soon, the government said Thursday.
According to an official handout issued here, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura and Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Prakash Ganga made the announcement during their tour to various areas of Samba district in Jammu region.
The Ministers said the damage caused by the recent incessant rains to standing crops, including vegetables, would be assessed.
“The teams will be deputed to the affected areas to conduct survey and assess the losses,” they said.
Accompanied by Director Agriculture Jammu Dr S S Jamwal, Director Command Area Jammu H K Sharma, the Ministers interacted with the farmers at Sarore, Chak Salaria, Gudwal, and Koulpur villages.
They asked them to submit a detailed report to the concerned quarters so that compensation is provided to the affected farmers.
Hanjura told the farmers that the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led state government was “fully aware” of their problems.
“The farmers have been suffering for last some years due to drought, disease and now floods,” he said.
“The government, in this year’s budget, has proposed to waive off 50 per cent Kissan Credit Card loans for the small and most vulnerable farmers, who have an outstanding balance of less than Rs 1 lakh. The government has earmarked Rs 150 crore for the purpose,” he added.
Sharma said that the PDP-BJP coalition is committed to provide good governance and better basic amenities to all the people.
Responding to the demands put forth by the farmers, the Ministers assured that every possible help would be provided by the government to mitigate the problems of the farmer community.
The damage to crops by the unseasonal rains has already been a subject of discussion in New Delhi and in the state, with the governments assuring help to the farmers.
On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India instructed banks to restructure loans of the farmers whose crops have been damaged by the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced higher compensation for farmers whose crop have been damaged by unseasonal rains and also asked banks to ease criteria for them to avail government support.
Modi also asked insurance companies to be “proactive” in settling claims of farmers.