Drought-hit Farmers To Get Rs 2,000-cr Input Subsidy

New Delhi, October 24: | Updated: Oct 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Centre would extend an input subsidy of Rs 2,000 crore to farmers in the drought hit states, agriculture minister Ajit Singh said here on Thursday. The subsidy would be paid out of the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) already disbursed to the states, he added.

The minister said the affected states were being instructed to utlise the corpus of CRF for rendering input subsidy to farmers, adding only drought affected farmers whose kharif crops were damaged would be entitled to the relief. Input subsidy for affected farmers would be worked in definite ratios as per the existing CRF relief aid criteria for rainfed areas, irrigated areas and plantation estates.

Mr Singh said in the kharif season in about 192.86 lakh hectare crop damages were reported to be about 50 per cent or more. Farmers in these regions would be entitled to get input subsidy.

According to the reports of the Central teams, major loss of sowing during the kharif season was reported from Rajasthan (44 per cent), followed by UP (35) and Andhra Pradesh (33) and Haryana (25). An area of 137.19 lakh hectare has remained unsown because of drought. The assessed foodgrain output during this kharif season is 90.85 million tonne as against 111.51 million tonne in the previous year.