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Odisha speeds up El Nino preparedness measures

 

Posted on 02 Jul 2014

Last updated 06 Jul 2016

  Odisha, El Nino, Water, Agriculture, Crop insurance

While reviewing the situation across the state in view of the scanty rain last month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had a discussion with the district collectors through video conferencing where he advised the collectors to plan emergency programmes for immediate implementation whenever required.

Basudev Mahapatra

 

Odisha received 56% of the usual rain in June 2014 posing threat to agriculture and availability of drinking water in the state. Amount of rain was 43% below usual during the same time in India. Climatologists have predicted less rain in India this year, 7% below usual, due to the El Nino phenomenon. This may lead to water scarcity and dry spell in parts of the country and may also affect agriculture and food production.

A 5% surplus rain in the month of July is however predicted by India Meteorology Department (IMD).

While reviewing the situation across the state in view of the scanty rain last month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had a discussion with district collectors through video conferencing where he advised the collectors to plan emergency programmes for immediate implementation whenever required.

The authorities were also asked to conduct weekly review of the rain situation, agriculture, animal husbandry and various labour based programmes. The CM also said that necessary loan facilities should be made available to the farmers.

Putting more emphasis on the issue of drinking water, Naveen directed the district authorities to facilitate water conservation in rural areas, continue water supply through tankers and see that the tube-wells work properly, a release from the Chief Minister's office said.

In order to keep the farmers unaffected from the impacts of El Nino, Odisha has also decided to implement National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) during the monsoon crop season of 2014. The decision is taken in the State Level Coordination Committee meeting, held on July 1, 2014, chaired by the Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra.

The decision to adopt the scheme during current Kahrif season is taken because it has the scope of 100% crop insurance coverage with a lesser premium burden on farmers. The premium is only around 2.5% of crop value of all major crops.

A subsidy up to 10% has also been envisaged for small and marginal farmers having the landholding of 2 hectares or less. The CS has directed the officials to make the process less burdensome and more friendly for the farmers. As per the provisions, it is decided that insurance enrolment will be done by Agricultural Insurance Company of India Ltd.

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