Bhubaneswar: Odisha govt declares drought of moderate & severe nature in 2.33 lakh hectares of crop in nine districts – Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapara, Sambalpur and Sundergarh.
As per reports received from the district Collectors through the Director, Agriculture & Food Production, 233173.8 hectares of crop land in 5633 villages under 1186 Gram Panchayats of 66 Blocks and 16 ULBs of the nine districts have suffered crop loss.
Analysis reveals that there is rainfall deviation of 39% to 59% (severe deficit) in 5 Blocks namely, Muribahal, Loisingha & Belapada of Bolangir district and 2 blocks namely, Sundargarh Sadar and Tangarapalli of Sundargarh district.
Another 30 blocks in 12 districts experienced deficit rainfall (shortfall between 19% and 39%). 100 blocks in 19 districts have experienced dry spell period of continuous three weeks and more.
The state government has declared drought of moderate/severe natures in these areas and directed the collectors to undertake relief measures immediately.
According to reports, Joint Relief Commissioner have informed that the drought-affected farmers will get compensation under a special package. While Rs 6,800 will be provided per hectare for non-irrigated land, Rs 13,500 will be given for irrigated land,for maximum two hectares per farmer.