Aurangabad, Maharahstra, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

The 17.17 lakh farmers from Marathwada region comprising eight districts who were affected by the recent unseasonal hailstorm rain that ruined 8.05 lakh hectors standing crops will get Rs 994 crore relief package.

About 50 panic stricken farmers, including women, in the region have committed suicides by different means after losing their standing crops due to the hailstorm rains.

According to the Divisional Commissioner official sources, unseasonmal rains which started on February 24 and ended on March 23 last month lashed the region and ruined standing Rabbi crops like jawar, maize, grams, while horticulture was also severely damaged.

The process of the Panchanamas to estimate losses were completed recently. After the Panchanamans there were 17.17 lakh farmers eligible for relief package, they said.

About 8.05 lakh hectors land was affected. From that Osmanabad was most affected with 1.76 lakh hectors, followed by Jalna 1.39 lakh hectors, Parbhani 1.36 lakh hectors, Latur 1.04, Beed 77,000 hectors, Aurangabad 73,000 hectors, Nanded 66,000 hectors, and Hingoli 29,000 hectors, sources said.

Out of the Rs 994 crore package, Osmanabad district will get 191.85 crore, followed by Jalna 185.61 crore, Parbhani 157.36 crore,Latur 125.58 crore, Aurangabad 111.28 crore, Beed 100.42 crore,Nanded 84.46 crore and Hingioli 37.58 crore, sources added.

(Posted on 02-04-2014)