Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that he has directed the administration to reserve 10% of additional water for animals in drought-affected areas of the state.
"It is for the first time in the history of the state that fodder camps are operational in August. We have also directed the administration to reserve 10 per cent of additional water for animals," Fadnavis said in Osmanabad on the second day of his Marathwada tour.
Fadnavis said that the state administration has prepared a village-wise plan to supply water and not merely a district-wise plan.
He visited a fodder camps which cater to 3,000 cattle at Handogri in Osmanabad district and inspected the production of fodder using hydroponics.
Earlier, Fadnavis addressed farmers at Handogri in Osmanabad district.
Last evening, Fadnavis met officials in Latur and directed them to prepare a plan in order to ensure water supply.
"Together we will overcome this drought situation and the state will do everything it takes to bring relief to farmers," he said at the meeting.
Speaking at a fodder camp in Ausa taluka of Latur district, Fadnavis said that the will take "appropriate" decisions on loans and electricity bills.
"Maharashtra is the first state giving foodgrains at concessional rates to all farmers irrespective of the type of ration cards," he said.
Addressing farmers at Ausa, Fadnavis said that norms for fodder and water supply would be reduced and the state will plan water supply for six months.