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Locusts Attack in India Damages Nearly 1.5 Lakh Hectares

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

The massive locusts attack has damaged nearly 1,68,550 hectares of crop area in the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat and left farmers in despair.

“Nearly 1,68,550 hectares of crop area in Rajasthan and Gujarat have come under locust attack in 2019-20, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

As per reports, the Minister said a total of 1,48,840 ha (1,34,959 ha in Rajasthan and 13,881 ha in Gujarat) crop area has been damaged by 33 percent of more while replying to a question in the Upper House. Though locust attack was reported from Punjab and Haryana too, the damage is said to be negligible, he added.

Moreover, it has deeply hampered the revenue of the state. The Rajasthan government has reported that the revenue department assessed the damage from locust attack and an allocation of 90.20 crores has been made under the State Disaster Response Fund for payment of compensation to farmers. Out of this, 86.21 crores has been paid to 54,150 farmers.

On the other hand, the Gujarat government said it had carried out a primary assessment of crop losses and decided to give an assistance of 13,500 per ha to farmers whose crop loss is 33 percent and more from the State Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, it would provide an additional  5,000 to affected farmers for a maximum of up to 2 ha. The total provision for this relief package is 32.76 crore for approximately 11,230 farmers. The payment to the affected farmers is in progress.

Till date, no loss to any crop has been reported in this current rabi season. Haryana also reported some locust attacks in villages bordering Rajasthan and no crop damage so far, said Punjab government.

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