The State Government will submit a comprehensive report to the Centre on the drought situation in the State in the next 15 days.
Making a statement in the State Legislative Council on Thursday, Revenue Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said that the enumeration of the affected farmers of both, agriculture and horticulture crops, was in the advanced stage of completion. Enumeration work has been completed in about 10 districts. Computerisation of list of beneficiaries of the affected farmers was in progress.
The Minister said that the entire enumeration, computerisation, display and verification of affected framers would be completed by first week of December. “A detailed memorandum on drought would be prepared indicating incidence and spread of drought, relief and mitigation measures and the details of assistance from the Centre in the first fortnight of December,” he said.
The Minister said that the based on the enumeration done by the District Collectors agricultural crops spread over 22 lakh hectares have been lost due to drought. Heavy damage has been caused to crops such as groundnut, cotton, paddy, maize, castor, redgram, jowar, pulses, millets and oilseeds. Horticulture crops including sweet oranges, chillies, mango, chillies, mango, banana and papaya spread across 23,320 hectares have been lost due to drought.
Raghuveera Reddy feared that due to deficit rainfall in many districts there might be scarcity of fodder in the coming months. In order to meet the shortage of fodder, the Animal Husbandry Department has proposed a contingency plan consisting of supply of 6000 Metric Tonnes of fodder seed on 75 per cent subsidy to promote internal fodder production in a big way covering nearly 3 lakh acres to yield 7.5 lakh MTs of fodder on dry matter basis. He also submitted a detailed statement on the groundwater situation in the affected areas.
The Minister informed the council the during the South West Monsoon period from June 1 to September 30 this year, the State has received an average rainfall of 532.2 mm as against normal rainfall of 624.1 mm, with a deviation of minus 15 per cent. District Collectors from 21 districts have reported that certain mandals in their districts have received deficit rainfall due to which standing agricultural crops were affected due to moisture stress and submitted proposals for declaration of mandals as drought affected. Similarly, during the North East Monsoon period which started on October 1, the State has so far received an average rainfall of 102.8 mm as against normal rainfall of 207 mm with a deviation of minus 50 per cent
Based on the reports of District Collectors, as many as 865 out of 1076 mandals in the State have been declared drought hit. Raghuveera Reddy said that senior IAS officers, appointed as Special Officers for monitoring the situation during SW Monsoon 2011 in the districts allotted to them have been requested by the Government to visit the districts concerned. All the Special Officers visited in the month of November and submitted reports to the government.
The Minister said that the Agriculture Department has opened Drought Control Rooms at JDA/ADA levels to provide details of drought affected areas. The District Collectors have also opened control rooms at the district-level as well as Divisional and Tahsildar levels to provide all information regarding drought in the district to the general public. The drought situation prevailing in the State is being reviewed with District Collectors and HODs regularly by the government through video-conference, he said. (INN)