Odisha CM Announces Composite Package For Cyclone Yaas-Hit Farmers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a composite package for farmers in Cyclone Yaas affected areas and directed officials for its immediate implementation.

Cyclone Yaas, which hit the State of May 26 has caused extensive damage to livestock, fisheries, handlooms, sericulture etc. sectors including crop damage in several districts, said an official press release issued here today.

Agriculture:

  1. Small and marginal farmers with 33% or more crop damage in non-irrigated areas will get input subsidy of Rs 6,800 per hectare (ha), Rs 13,500 per ha in irrigated areas and Rs 18,000 per ha for all types of all-season crops. Mango, cashew, ketaki, betel etc., are all-season crops. This assistance will be provided only to genuine farmers.
  2. Farmers of all-season crops will get a minimum input subsidy of Rs 2,000 while that of other crops will get a minimum input subsidy of Rs 1000.
  3. Farmers of affected districts will get an additional subsidy of 25% along with the subsidy being disbursed to them for the 2021 Kharif season. In addition to that, these farmers will be provided with 1.5 lakh quintal high quality certified paddy seeds. The subsidy will be disbursed to the farmer’s account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
  4. One lakh farmers will be included in the seed treatment demonstration programme for one lakh acres for high yield in the Kharif season.
  5. Demonstration programme of paddy, jute and pulses will be undertaken in 25,000 acres in affected areas during the Kharif season.
  6. Farmers adopting row seeding and row transplanting etc. improved agricultural practices will be given an incentive of Rs 1500 per ha in 36,000 ha.
  7. Input subsidy for pest control as per the requirement will be disbursed to farmers’ account in 60,000 ha of farmland.
  8. A subsidy of Rs 20 crore will be provided to farmers in the affected districts through DBT for purchasing improved quality farm machinery.
  9. In the affected areas farmers will be provided with 2000 pump sets and 3000 sprayers at subsidised rates. For pump sets 50% subsidy will be provided subject to a maximum of Rs 15,000, for power sprayers’ 50% subsidy subject to a maximum of Rs 3,800 and a maximum of Rs 750 for hand-operated sprayers.
  10. In Bhadrak and Balasore districts, farmers have sustained losses due to seawater ingress in farmlands at some places. An assistance of Rs 750 per ha will be provided to farmers of these farmlands for nutrient management and soil ameliorants. This assistance will be provided for a total of 10,000 ha of farmland.
  11. A total of 125 betel vine farmers will be provided with an incentive of Rs 15,000 each through DBT.
  12. 10,000 affected farmers engaged in vegetable cultivation in their gardens will be provided with improved quality seedlings at Rs 115.
  13. 50 mushroom cultivation units that have been damaged under the impact of the cyclone will get Rs 40,000 each for restoration of their damaged units. The amount will be directly transferred to the bank account of the affected farmer.

14. 10,000 vegetable mini kits each worth Rs 110 will be supplied to farmers in the affected areas.

  1. Steps will be taken for expeditious preparation of crop cutting report for settlement of claims of affected farmers insured under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
  2. Short-term loans of farmers with 33% and above crop damage in affected areas, will be converted to medium-term loans.

Livestock Development Sector:

  1. Assistance will be also provided to farmers who have lost milch cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep and poultry under the impact of the cyclone. While the assistance of Rs 30,000 has been announced for loss of milch cow and buffalo, an assistance of Rs 25,000 has been announced for non-milch livestock (maximum for three numbers). Similarly, an assistance of Rs 16,000 each will be provided for loss of a calf (subject to a maximum of 6 calves), up to 30 goats/sheep Rs 3000 and Rs 50 per chicken, a maximum of Rs 5,000 will be provided to each affected farmer.
  2. An assistance of Rs 2100 will be provided for renovation/ reconstruction of cow sheds that have been damaged by the cyclone.
  3. Fish farmers/fishermen affected by the cyclone will get the assistance of Rs 4100 for repairing of partially damaged boat, Rs 2100 for repairing of partially damaged fishing net, Rs 9600 for construction of new boat against fully damaged boat and Rs 2600 for fully damaged fishing net.
  4. Input subsidy of Rs 12,200 per ha will be provided for the renovation of the fish farm and Rs 8200 per ha for the fish seed farm wherein siltation has occurred under the impact of the cyclone.

Several handloom and handicraft artisans have been affected by the cyclone. Therefore, financial assistance of Rs 4100 will be provided to each affected artisans for their equipment and another Rs 4100 will be provided to each artisan for damaged raw material and finished goods.

Input subsidy of Rs 4,800 per ha will be provided to eri, mulberry and tussar farmers while muga farmers will get an input subsidy of Rs 6000 per ha.

In order to provide employment to the affected people, extensive employment opportunities will be created under the MNREGS. Repair and maintenance of gram panchayat roads, playgrounds, canal, earthen embankments also the construction of cowsheds, pens for goats and sheep, cultivation of fodder will be undertaken.

Eligible beneficiaries will get assistance for the construction of houses and other assistance as per SDRF/NDRF rules.