Pest menace: Odisha releases Rs 137.51 cr agri input subsidy

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Bhubaneswar: A day after announcing modalities for disbursement-payment of agriculture input subsidy to farmers in pest affected areas, the Odisha government today released Rs 137.51 crore for the purpose while notifying 128318.945 hectares of cropped areas as pest affected.

'As many as 24 out of 30 districts have reported crop damage due to pest attack and the remaining six districts namely, Balasore, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara and Malkangiri have submitted 'nil' report,' said an official release issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) here today.

The release said that according to the reported data available from District Collectors there is crop loss of 33% and more in 128319 hectares of cropped area in 8092 villages under 150 blocks and 148 wards under 35 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of 24 districts.

'The amount required for agriculture input subsidy @ Rs 6800 per hectare for rainfed areas and Rs 13500 per hectare for areas under assured irrigation comes to Rs 137.52 crore,' the release stated.

The release said since pest attack has been classified as one of the 12 approved natural disasters under the SDRF/NDRF guidelines, farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33% and above are eligible for agriculture input subsidy.

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