Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reviewed the situation arising out of the unseasonal rains and directed all-out efforts to prevent crop damage and provide assistance to affected farmers even as IMD predicted more rains in next 48 hours under the influence of a depression.
He asked the Agriculture and other concerned departments to monitor the situation closely and directed the field functionaries to extensively visit heavy rain-affected areas.
The Chief Minister asked to mobilise additional teams if required to come to the rescue of farmers.
It was revealed in the meeting that farmers were issued advisories to harvest mature crops and store in safe place.
The CM directed the officials to monitor the standing crops and take corrective measures to ensure that less damage is caused to the crops.
Directing officials to ensure prompt and proper implementation of packages announced for farmers affected by drought and pest attack, Patnaik asked the officials to advance action for Rabi crops to facilitate start of sowing operations by farmers wherever feasible.
The Chief Minister also asked officials to continuously monitor the rains and initiate immediate action wherever necessary.
Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout, Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Agriculture Secretary Sourabh Garg attended the meeting.