Farmers to get compensation for loss caused by heavy rain

Deputy CM Soni instructs Revenue Department officials to assess the loss

Farmers to get compensation for loss caused by heavy rain

CAO Jagwinder Singh and other officials of the Agriculture Department visit an affected field. Photo: Gurbaxpuri

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 24

Deputy Chief Minister Om Parkash Soni assured farmers of compensation for the loss caused to their standing paddy crop in the fields by the untimely rain and hailstorm on Saturday evening.

While the paddy crop is fully ripe and ready to be harvested, the rain, especially hailstorm, damaged paddy in certain pockets of the district. As a result of the heavy showers, the harvesting of crop has also slowed down as heavy combine harvesters were unable to operate in wet fields.

Even the procurement process in the grain markets was affected, as the crop lying there was drenched and moisture in the grains increased.

Soni said preliminary reports have suggested that damage to crops was caused in Tarn Taran, Pathankot, Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts. He said in some pockets, the crop has flattened and farmers have reported grain loss due to hailstorm. Apart from paddy, the untimely showers have also caused damage to basmati crop, which is yet to ripe.

Soni said the Revenue Department officials have been instructed to get an assessment of the loss caused to the crops, so that compensation could be granted. He was addressing a gathering at Moolechak village. He also presented a grant of Rs10 lakh to the panchayat for development works in village.

22 villages affected from Saturday’s hailstorm, claims Agri dept officials

Tarn Taran: As many as 22 villages were severely affected from the Saturday’s heavy rain and hailstorm in the district, the district Agriculture Department claimed on Sunday. There was heavy rain and hailstorm in far-off areas of the district, which heavily damaged paddy crop and the vegetables, too, were affected badly. Dr Jagwinder Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), on Sunday said the team of the Agriculture Department visited a number of affected village and observed that paddy was (basmati) damaged in Rureassal, Chutala, Piddi, Raspulpur, Takhuchakk, Bullar, Bath, Khabbe Dogran, Rataul, Walipur, Bugha, Jahangir, Aladinpur and Bagrian among other villages. He said in five villages including Jahangir, Dinewal, Bagrian Deo and Pakhoke, potato and pea crops got inundated. He said in other villages the loss was mere 5 to 10 per cent. There are as many as 550 villages in the district and a number of farmers’ organisations, too, visited to assess the loss. The farmers’ organisations challenged the claims of the administration by saying that the loss caused to the crops was touching more than 80 per cent in the district in all villages. OC

Tarn Taran Dana Mandi turns into a ‘swimming pool’

Rainwater accumulates at Tarn Taran grain market on Sunday.

Tarn Taran: Knee-deep water collected at the local grain market (Dana Mandi) after Saturday’s rainfall, damaging thousands of gunny bags of paddy procured by the government agencies. It will take some time to drain out the water but it is creating problems for the arhtiyas (commission agents) and the labourers to work in a smooth fashion. For farmers, too, it is not easy to bring their produce to the mandi as the lifting process, too, was going on at a snail’s pace. There is hardly any space to de-load the produce at the mandi. The situation arises every time it rains as the drainage system of the mandi is so faulty that the rainwater cannot drain out immediately. Yashpal Sharma, a commission agent (arhtiya) at the mandi who is working here since the last 32 years, said he had been witnessing this for years now. He said the diameter of the underground pipes meant to drain out water was so less that these often close due to dust in the working season. He said it will take days together to clear the water. He said thousands of paddy bags had been damaged as the rainwater could not drain out immediately. RK Bhatia, secretary of the local market committee, however, assured that the motors to drain out rainwater were functional and the water would be drained out by Sunday evening. — Gurbaxpuri

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