Bhubaneswar: Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro today alleged that the field level officials of the Agriculture department are not visiting fields to assess the crop damage caused due to the recent incessant rains.
The State Government has asked the district Collectors to submit report on crop damage caused due to rain by November 25.
“Agriculture department field officials are not visiting fields to assess the crop damage. I had reprimanded some officials of the Agriculture department in Chhatrapur for not undertaking field visit to assess crop damage,” Patro said today when asked to comment on the status of crop damage report.
Last week, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has asked all districts to urgently submit reports by November 25 on damage to crops due to unseasonal rain.
During a video conference on November 16, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the Collectors to take up survey of crops damaged due to un-seasonal rain arising out of cyclonic depression and submit reports on crops sustaining crop loss of 33% and above to the Special Relief Commissioner.
Sethi has asked all the Collectors to furnish the list of affected villages sustaining crop loss of 33% or more along with areas of crop loss and number of affected farmers.
The farmers affected by unseasonal rain who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent and above due to calamity are eligible to get agricultural input subsidy in prescribed rate as per the norms of the State Disaster Response Fund.
After being affected by drought and pest attack, farmers of Odisha have also been affected due to the unseasonal rain between November 15 and November 17 that damaged the standing paddy crop ready for harvest.

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