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Maha officials told to complete crop loss assessment by Nov 6

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta on Monday directed officials to complete the surveys to assess damage caused to crops due to unseasonal rains by November 6.

Mehta addressed district collectors through a video conference from Mantralaya in Mumbai.

"The surveys of damage assessment due to untimely showers should be finalised by November 6. The reports should be accurate as the state needs to disburse the amount to farmers towards assistance," Mehta told the collectors.

The surveys are jointly conducted by officials of departments of Revenue, Agriculture and others.

The top bureaucrat also allowed extension of the completion date till November 8 in exceptional cases.

He directed officials to ensure sufficient supply of fertilisers, seeds etc. for Rabi sowing across the state.

The state government had already announced an immediate assistance of Rs 10,000 crore for farmers.

As per initial evaluation, crops on 54.22 lakh hectares spread across 325 talukas have been damaged. The damaged crops include jawar, paddy, cotton and soyabean.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi and discussed the issue of farmers suffering losses due to untimely showers.

He said the Centre has assured help to the agriculturists whose crops were damaged.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 04 2019. 23:20 IST