Two cen­tral teams ar­rive too late to in­spect crop dam­age

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Bhavika.Jain1@ times­

Mum­bai: In a case of too lit­tle, too late, two cen­tral gov­ern­ment teams have ar­rived in the state to un­der­take field-level in­spec­tions to as­sess the ex­tent of loss caused by the pink boll­worm pest on cot­ton crops. But no farm in the state has the pest-stricken crop stand­ing now as it has been har­vested or de­stroyed, and farms are be­ing read­ied for the kharif sea­son.

The six-mem­ber team was in Marath­wada on Thurs­day and will go to Vi­darbha on Fri­day and meet state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Satur­day be­fore re­turn­ing.

The state has asked the Cen­tre for a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 3,484 crore for farm­ers un­der the na­tional dis­as­ter re­lief fund. As per norms, a com­mit­tee comes for field-level as­sess­ment be­fore a de­ci­sion on the sanc­tion is taken.

A state agri­cul­ture depart­ment of­fi­cial said the del­e­ga­tion vis­ited some vil­lages in Au­rangabad and Os­man­abad dis­tricts, and met farm­ers. Farmer lead­ers claimed the visit did not make sense as it was too late to see any dam­aged crop.

Manik Kadam, head of the Marath­wada unit of Swab­hi­mani Shetkari Sang­hatna, said, “The pink boll­worm at­tack was re­ported in Novem­ber-De­cem­ber. The team has come now when the dam­aged crop has been re­moved.” Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said the visit was fruit­ful.

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