Agriculture crops in 50.40 lakh hectare area hit due to heavy rains, floods so far this year: Tomar

Agriculture crops cultivated in about 50.40 lakh hectare of area have been affected across the country due to heavy rains, floods and landslides so far this year, with maximum damage reported in Karnataka. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said about Rs 8,873.60 crore has been released as of November 25 from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

He added that additional assistance, over and above SDRF, is considered by the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for natural calamities of severe nature and is approved based on the memorandum received from the state governments.

As per the data, Karnataka has reported a crop damage in maximum area of 13.98 lakh hectare as of November 25, followed by West Bengal (6.90 lakh hectare), Rajasthan (6.79 lakh hectare), Bihar (5.80 lakh hectare), Maharashtra (4.55 lakh hectare) and Uttar Pradesh (3.61 lakh hectare). He added the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) provides training to farmers on effective flood management in flood plains and flood-prone ecologies of India.