Ahmedabad: Gujarat's Bhupendra Patel government has announced a relief package of Rs 546 crore for rain and flood affected farmers. This will benefit farmers in four districts of the Saurashtra region. The farmers' crops here have been badly damaged due to torrential rains in late September and early October. The government has announced a relief package after assessing crop losses.
Earlier, the BJP government in the state had said that compensation would be provided to the farmers of the state at the rate of Rs 13,000 per hectare. However, the amount of money released for this work was not disclosed. Now the government has made it clear that Rs 546 crore will be disbursed to flood and rain affected farmers. The relief package was announced on Wednesday after approval from the cabinet. According to the official statement, the compensation will benefit farmers whose crops have suffered 33 per cent or more damage.
Financial assistance will be provided for a maximum of 2 hectares. This means that even if a farmer's crop in 5 hectares is damaged, compensation will be paid only for two hectares. The Gujarat government has said that under the agriculture relief package, financial assistance will be provided to farmers of four districts of Jamnagar, Rajkot, Junagadh and Porbandar. Tell us that these districts have been the worst affected due to rain.