Minister for Information Technology K T Rama Rao on Tuesday assured the farmers, who lost their crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms that the government would provide Rs 10,000 compensation for per acre.
The Minster, accompanied by the officials and the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leaders, visited several villages in the district and interacted with the farmers. He assured the farmers that the BRS government is pro-farmer and helps everyone who lost his crop due to unseasonal rains. He inspected the damaged crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms.
While interacting with farmers in villages, KTR urged the ryots not to get disheartened. “The BRS government will extend support to farmers in distress. Do not lose hope. Be brave,” he told the farmers. Estimates showed that crops in 19,000 acres were damaged and 17,000 farmers had lost their crops due to unseasonal rains in the district, he said and added that every farmer would get help.
The farmers told the Minister that even the harvested crops too were drenched in rain on drying yards and also at procurement centres. The Minister said the government was aware of the situation and asked the farmers that help would be extended to them.
As much as 7.30 lakh tonnes of paddy has been so far procured in the district. More tonnes of paddy had been procured by May 1 compared to the same month last year. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao directed the officials to ensure that every farmer who lost his crops secures help.
The Minister was accompanied by District Collector Anurag Janyati, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Nelakonda Aruna, KDCC Bank chairman Konduru Ravindrarao and others.