Heavy rainfall in the last week of October has affected crops on 21,600 hectares of farms in various talukas of Pune district, officials with the Pune Revenue Division said. The rainfall was associated with monsoon withdrawal and cyclone Kyarr, which formed off Ratnagiri coast. In five districts of Pune division, crop over a total of 1.36 lakh hectare farms have been damaged, officials said.
At present, surveys are being conducted to access the crop damage in all five districts of Pune Division – Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur. Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said that among the worst-affected crops are soybean, paddy and jowar. Among horticultural crops, grape orchards have been badly affected, he said.
“As announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, every farmer who has suffered damage will get compensation, which will either come from the insurance companies (in case the crops were insured) or from the state government,” said Mhaisekar.
He said that process of conducting the “punchanama” of crops will be completed by November 5, following which compensation amounts will be distributed.
In the division, Sangli has been the worst affected district due to the recent rain and cyclone, with crops on over 65,267 hectare areas getting damaged. Other districts such as Satara (11,800 ha), Solapur (36,345 ha) and Kolhapur (1,055 ha) too suffered various degrees of damage.
As per data collected by Pune Division, Pune district received an excess rainfall of 166 per cent in October over the normal for that month. In Sangli, the excess rainfall of 147 per cent was recorded by the meteorological department. In the last five months of Pune Division, an average of 117 per cent excess rainfall was recorded, said an official.
“The chief minister held a meeting of various departments — including revenue, agriculture, co-operatives, and finance — linked to the survey of damage and distribution of aid, as well as divisional commissioners for all six revenue divisions in the state. Officials with various insurance firms that are involved in crop insurance scheme were also present for the meeting and were instructed by the CM to expedite the process of compensation for the crop damage,” said Mhaisekar.