The Agriculture Department has estimated the damage caused to paddy due to the recent hailstorm/rain at over 1,183 hectares in six mandals.

An official of the department gave the break up (in hectares) as 104 (Peddavura mandal), 6.5 (Huzurnagar), 2.8 (Nalgonda), 0.8 zero point eight (Kecapalli) and 1,059.2 (Kodad).

According to the official, the department has sent the report on the damage, to the Agriculture Commissioner.

Decision

The government has already announced its decision to pay compensation of Rs.6,000 per hectare, as against Rs.4,000 paid for the crop damaged prior to November last year.

However, various political parties are demanding compensation at the rate of Rs.10,000.

Meanwhile, the Horticulture Department has placed the preliminary estimate of the damage caused to mango crop at 3,425 acres in Kodad, Nadigudam, Monagala, Chilkur, Huzurnagar, Melacheruvu, Rajapet and Alair mandals.

An official said the enumeration was being done. The final report was expected to be ready in twoor three days.

Horticulture Department estimates damage to mango crop in 3,425 acres