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Pink bollworm: Central team visits Maha to assess crop loss

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A delegation of the Union government arrived in today to carry out an assessment of crop loss caused due to the attack in and regions of the state, an said.

Several villages in and suffered large-scale damage to crops, mainly cotton, due to the pink infestation late last year.

The assessment by the central team is necessary before the Centre sanctions the to farmers for the crop losses.

"It is a routine but mandatory visit of the Centre's delegation to to assess the crop damage caused by the attack," Bijaykumar, of State agriculture ministry told today.

"The has sought Rs 1,221 crore financial assistance from the Centre. Once the delegation submits its report to the Finance Ministry, we will get funds," he added.

According to an from the state Agriculture Department, the delegation will first visit some villages in Aurangabad and Osmanabad districts and hold talks with farmers.

Thereafter, they will go to the affected villages in region and carry out the assessment, he said.

"On Saturday, the delegation will reach and after meeting the state officials, the members will leave for the next day," the said.

However, asked why the delegation was visiting the state so "late".

Kadam, who is the head of unit of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, said, "The cotton crop was damaged in December and most of the farmers have already removed the damaged yield from their farms. What is the point of visiting those farms now?"

The delegation will now only see farms being prepared for the next kharif season, he said.

"The delegation should have visited in January, immediately after the crops were damaged. The had also completed its crop damage assessment. This is just a waste of time and it will eventually delay the payment of the compensation," he said.

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

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 13:40 IST