Study reveals 74,263 hectares hit in Nagapattinam district
Out of the total Samba and Thaladi cultivated in an extent of 1,29,891 hectares in the district, 74,263 hectares of farms were badly affected and 2,319 hectares of land were moderately affected, said the drought assessment team.
State Revenue Secretary B Chandramohan and Collector S Palanisamy, state Handlooms and Textiles Minister O S Manian studied the ground reality in 20 places across the district on Friday. Besides demanding Rs 30,000 as compensation for each affected acre, the farmers have appealed to the team that the agricultural workers should be granted at least Rs 15,000 each as compensation and Rs 5,000 as monthly assistance for the next six months. Answering to the demands on disbursing last year’s crop insurance claim, Manian charged that the delay is purely because of the Union Government’s apathy. “The Centre is yet to shell out Rs 190 crore of premium to the insurance firm as their contribution. Our government is now considering the possibility of paying Centre’s insurance premium share to the insurance firm to solve this issue,” Manian assured.