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JK govt assesses Rs 500 cr loss to crops due to heavy snowfall

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The government Tuesday assessed Rs 500 crore losses to the state's agriculture and horticulture sectors due to the recent heavy snowfall and urged the Centre to provide relief to the affected farmers.

B V R urged the central government to depute a team to the state to assess the damages caused by heavy snowfall, an spokesman said.

In a communication addressed to Union Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, said the extent of damage was so huge that the needed assistance from the Centre.

"As per the preliminary assessment done by the state government's field agencies, nearly 53,000 hectares of horticulture and 9,000 hectares of agriculture crops have been severely damaged and the tentative losses are estimated at over Rs 500 crore," the said.

He said under the (SDRF)guidelines, a meagre amount of relief is admissible on account of damages and losses to crops which is "not sufficient to compensate the affected farmers".

The said unprecedented snowfall on November 3 and 4 had caused colossal damage to apple crops.

"In this backdrop, I would request you to kindly depute a team to the state to assess the damage and losses incurred by the farming community so that they can be adequately compensated," read the communication.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 00:25 IST