Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Friday sought from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a special
package for farmers as compensation for the loss to standing
crops and other agricultural-produces due to recent widespread
unseasonal rains in the state.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Modi said "as per
primary estimates, cotton crop in Saurashtra and North Gujarat
has been damaged in 1.85 lakh hectare while the area of
damaged paddy crop in central Gujarat is estimated at 40,000
Besides, groundnut, castor, jowar, udad and soyabean
crops were also damaged due to the rains, he said.
Modi said rains have hit the fishery catch and salt
production, washing away salt pans in the coastal regions.
"The value of loss to paddy alone is calculated to be of
the order of Rs 24 crore, and that of fishery Rs 25 crore,"
Unseasonal rains have hit hard the vegetables and fruits
produce too, including 17,000 hectares of potato crop in
Banaskantha district alone, besides papaya crop in Rajkot and
Sabarkantha, the Gujarat Chief Minister said.
Farmers urgently need adequate compensation for loss to
vegetables and fodder too, he said.