The Margao Zonal Agricultural Office has pointed out that the recent rains in September have damaged paddy crop in select places of the taluka and has appealed to the farmers to submit their applications which will be processed as per scheme guidelines.
Margao ZAO Sheriff Furtado informed that during the current financial year that farmers suffered losses due to cyclone Tauktae, besides flooding in July. He said the ZAO office has received around 50 applications from farmers with claims for which the settlement of claims in under process.
Furtado said the Shetkari Adhar Nidhi Scheme offers compensation to farmers for various crops for damage due to Natural calamities. “The claim has to be filed within seven days as per scheme guidelines. The documents required as filled in application form, one revenue stamp, copy of the Krishi card and 2-3 photographs of the damaged crop with applicant standing in the background.
For paddy crop Rs 25,000 per hectare is fixed as compensation. The rates of compensation are proposed to be revised to Rs 40.000 per hectare and the process is currently on”, he said.
Furtado added: “Last financial year, a total of Rs 20 Lakhs was disbursed as crop compensation to 269 farmers in Salcete and Marmugao taluka covering an area of around 80 hectares. All those farmers who have applied with proper documents have been given compensation”.
Saying the Margao ZAO office is centrally located, he said the office is accessible to farmers from Arossim, Cansaulim and Velim areas. “Many farmers from such places have applied for crop compensation hence It is kindly requested to submit applications with proper documents immediately in near future”, he added.
Furtado said the government has disbursed compensation amounting to Rs 20.07 lakh to the farmers in Salcete taluka, including Rs 5.28 lakh to the 21 farmers from Curtorim farmers who had sustained looses in the year 2020-21.