Rs 11,000-cr crop loss in kharif season: minister

Rs 11,000-cr crop loss in kharif season: minister

Dharwad: Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said on Monday that the state had incurred crop losses to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore during the kharif season as per the primary report submitted by the department officials.

Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the Global Water Meet-2016 at the University of Agricultural Sciences here, Gowda said 110 taluks had been declared drought-hit and relief works were being taken up.

The government has directed the revenue and agriculture officials to conduct a joint survey on crop loss and based on the report by the officials, the state would seek Rs 3,000 crore compensation from the Centre.

The rains had failed in October and there was a possibility of the government declaring drought in rabi season also. However, the government will wait for the next 15 days to see whether the state receives good rains and later declare all taluks as drought affected, he said.

To discourage cultivation of water-intensive crops like sugar cane and paddy, the government has planned to give importance to millets.

At present, a support price of Rs 1,600 has been announced for ragi and jowar and they have been included under the PDS. To encourage farmers to opt for millets, the government has submitted a proposal to the Union government, asking it to enhance the support price to Rs 2,100 for millet. This was the only solution to discourage cultivation of water-intensive crops, the minister said.

On announcing support price for onion, Gowda said, the matter had been placed before the Cabinet sub-committee and in principle, it had been decided to announce Rs 1,100 per quintal. The Centre had been urged to intervene in the market to uphold the interests of the farmers. A reply from the Union Agriculture Ministry is expected to reach the government in a week’s time, he said.

DH News Service