Vikash Sharma

Not only neighbouring states, but the severe cyclonic storm Michaung induced rainfall has also caused extensive damage to crops in hectares of agricultural land in Odisha. The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has sought a report from district Collectors on crop damage due to cyclone Michaung.

It is pertinent to mention here that several parts of Odisha experienced widespread rainfall during the last couple of days under the influence of cyclone Michaung.

In its letter to district Collectors, SRC Satyabrata Sahu said that an Agricultural Input Subsidy (AIS) will be provided to farmers sustaining crop loss of 33 percent and above as per norms of the State Disaster Response Fund.

“You are requested to conduct field-level crop assessment through joint inquiry by the officials of the Revenue and Disaster Management and Agriculture Department through eye estimation to ascertain the crop area damage of 33 percent and above and submit ULB, block, gram panchayat-wise report by December 12, 2023,” the SRC letter read.

The Odisha government has asked officials to verify the land schedule, and RoR of affected farmers from Bhulekh while assessing the extent of crop loss.