Bhubaneswar,: Odisha government on Friday released Rs 137.51 crore as agriculture input subsidy to farmers in pest affected areas.
The government had notified 1,28,318.945 hectares of cropped areas as pest affected.
A release issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) here said, “As many as 24 out of 30 districts have reported crop damage due to pest attack and the remaining six districts namely, Balasore, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, and Malkangiri have submitted ‘nil’ report.”
The government had finalized the modalities for disbursement/payment on Thursday.
The amount required for agriculture input subsidy at the rate of Rs 6,800 per hectare for rain-fed areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare for areas under assured irrigation comes to Rs 137.52 crore.