On Wednesday, the state government announced a compensation package for the affected farmers who lost cultivation of fruits, vegetables, pulses and cash crops in the inclement weather conditions that have gripped many parts of the state in the past one week. "They were on the spot within three hours of the storms", the minister said. "About 1.08 lakh hectare has been damaged due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm", the official told PTI.
On February 11 and 12, the state had hailstorm in its Marathwada and Vidarbha region affecting 16 districts and 1279 villages.
Reports of final surveys were expected in the next two days, Phundkar said, adding farmers would be compensated as per the criteria fixed by the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).More news: Trump's 4.4 trln United States dollars budget to shift spending focus, increase deficit
According to preliminary surveys, Buldhana district in Vidarbha suffered the maximum damage with standing crops over 32,700 hectares ruined. Chana is the main crop that stands to be affected most as it was nearly ready for harvesting.
However, The Indian Express said that "compensation for horticulture farmers would range from Rs 40,000 per hectare for banana, Rs 36,700 for mango, Rs 23,300 for orange and sweet lemon, and Rs 20,000 for bitter lemon".
On his part, Deshmukh urged the local administration to immediately carry out preliminary assessment of the losses suffered by the farming community to enable them get compensation as soon as possible.More news: Lebanon tells USA committed to calm at southern border
The revenue and agriculture departments have already submitted a preliminary report of the losses to the state government from the affected districts - Beed, Jalna, Parbhani, Jalgaon, Buldhana, Amravati, Akola, Washim, Latur, Osmanabad and Hingoli. "A sizeable loss of cattle and poultry have been reported, the official had said".
Farmers growing jowar, corn, wheat, green gram and sunflower on rain-fed land will get ₹6,800 as compensation per hectare while those having irrigated land will get ₹13,500 per hectare as compensation, he said.More news: President Trump signs proclamation honoring victims of deadly Florida school shooting