Hailstorm hits standing crops on 1.25L hectares in Maharashtra


Mumbai: Unseasonal rain and gusty winds with hailstorm hits 11 districts in Marathwada, Vidarbha and North Maharashtra. According to primary punchnama, agriculture crops on more than 1.20 lakh hectares badly affected.

The hailstorm and unseasonal rain badly hit Buldhana, Amravati in western Vidarbha and Jalna in Marathwada region. The primary report of the punchnama was submitted to the revenue department on Monday. Pandurang Fundkar, minister for agriculture took review of the crop loss. According to the minister, total 1086 villages comprising 50 talukas and 11 districts come under loss by the natural calamity.

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“Crop of wheat, jowar and harbara and onion are the most affected crops,” said Fundkar. He added, orange and banana are the other cash crop which are totally ruined in Jalgaon, Akola and Amravati district. “As of now, total crop on 1,24,294 hectares land lost partially or completely. Punchnama is still incomplete and we fears the loss will be more than expected,” said the minister.

Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of opposition has demanded to complete the process of punchnama immediately and farmers should be given the amount of compensation before the budget session. The session is scheduled from February 26. The farmers are yet to receive the the loan waiver amount. It indicates opposition will take on ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena over loan waiver and compensation during budget session of the state legislature.

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