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Assam govt to compensate drought-hit farmers

Assam government will compensate the farmers for the losses of crop due to agricultural draught in the state.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 13, 2009, 10.23 PM IST
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GUWAHATI: Assam government will compensate the farmers for the losses of crop due to agricultural draught in the state.

All the 27 districts of Assam were declared to be reeling under agricultural draught in July this year. While in Manipur draught has been declared, Nagaland is reeling under a draught-like situation.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday reviewed the situation in the state with minister and officials of different departments. According to the state government assessment, the situation has improved in the past few days due to average rainfall of 28 mm in most parts of the state.

Mr Gogoi asked the officials to identify the areas hit by drought for necessary compensation to the farmers who incurred losses. Mr Gogoi underscored the need to procure seeds locally and from outside the state for timely distribution to the farmers.

Officials of the agriculture department apprised the chief minister that tenders will be floated on August 14 for seedlings. The chief minister further asked the department to place requirements of seedlings with the National Seeds Corporation and the ministry of agriculture.

The minister for agriculture Pramila Rani Brahma and senior officials of the department apprised the chief minister that there would be a 20% fall in agricultural production in some parts of the state.

Officials of the agriculture department informed the chief minister that a district level Farmers��� Advisory Committee has been constituted in each district and the State level Committee would be formed soon.

The chief minister discussed the problems of getting loans by farmers possessing Kisan Credit Cards. He said he would instruct the ministers to take up cases of farmers not getting loans from banks in their respective districts and that he would also convene a meeting with the State Level Bankers��� Committee and other financial institutions in this regard.

The minister for irrigation Nurjamal Sarkar and senior officials of the department informed the chief minister that 10,000 hectares of irrigation potential will be created for small and marginal farmers for cultivation of rabi crops in the current year through 27 schemes amounting to Rs 7 crore. Irrigation facilities will be created in another additional 6,000 hectares through revival of 70 defunct deep tube-wells costing Rs 35 crore.
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