Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin on Thursday announced a compensation of 112.72 million rupees to compensate farmers of the state for crop losses caused by unusually heavy rains in the last week of January and the first week of February this year.
The gesture will benefit 1,33,907 farmers whose crops, including paddy, were damaged by 33 percent or more on 93,874 hectares of land in 9 districts of the state.
The CM ordered the immediate disbursement of the aid and instructed officials to transfer the sum directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiary farmers, according to an official statement here.
Citing Stalin, the release said Finance and Agriculture Ministry officials recently assessed crop damage due to unusually heavy rains in Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai and found that crops on a total of 93,874 hectares were affected.
Increased compensation of 20,000 rupees per hectare will be paid to rice farmers and 3,000 rupees per hectare to other crops, according to the notification provided through the State Disaster Relief Fund and the State Fund.