Bhubaneswar, 25/10/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : The State Government on Wednesday announced drought package for crop loss due to natural calamities in the Odisha.
Under the package, agriculture input subsidy will be provided to the small and marginal farmers who have sustained a crop loss of 33 per cent and above at the rate of Rs 6, 800 per hectare of land in rainfed/non-irrigated areas and Rs 13, 500 per hectare of land in areas under assured irrigation. Agriculture input subsidy will also be
provided to farmers other than small and marginal farmers at the same rates subject to a ceiling of two hectares per farmer. The assistance shall be provided to the actual cultivators.
Farmers affected by drought in Kharif shall also be provided fresh finance for Rabi cultivation during Rabi season, which has commenced from October 1, 2017. Short Term Kharif loans advanced in the affected
areas during Kharif, 2017 having crop loss of 33 per cent and above shall be converted into Medium Term (Conversion) loans.
Apart from those, the due date of Kharif Short loans advanced in the affected areas shall be extended up to September 30, 2018 to facilitate conversion of such loans into Medium Term (Conversion) loans.
The Government of India will be requested to provide interest incentive of 3 per cent for Medium Term (Conversion) loans that is, at par with crop loans for prompt paying farmers.
The district administration shall keep a close watch on money lenders and other unscrupulous elements causing financial hardship to the farmers and police will initiate tough action against such elements under the Odisha Money Lenders Act and various sections of the CrPC.
The SPs will have the responsibility to proactively deal with this. DIGs will review the matter.
A total of 1.25 lakh pulse minikits, 0.5 lakh oil-seed minikits and 0.25 lakh vegetable minikits will be supplied to farmers for the Rabi Programme in the affected villages. 5, 000 pump sets shall be provided with 50 per cent subsidy limited to Rs 15, 000 to the farmers.
Besides, availability of pump sets in different Agro Service Centres shall be published to enable the farmers to hire the same to save their standing crops.
Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation shall take immediate steps to repair the Lift Irrigation Points (LI Points) in all the affected villages on priority. Steps shall be taken to operate all LI Points immediately. The district level committees constituted to revive defunct LI Points should start the work immediately and complete the same by December 31.