The State government has released the first instalment of Rs. 3.50 crores to Dakshina Kannada for disbursing among arecanut growers whose plantations have been affected with fruit rot disease during 2013, according to Deputy Director of Department of Horticulture, Dakshina Kannada, Yogesh H.R.

Each affected farmer would be given a maximum of Rs. 12,000 per hectare as “horticulture input subsidy”, he said.

The affected farmers would have to apply for the subsidy with the village accountants by specifying the survey number of the land, details extent of damage and loss. If the affected farmers have already submitted their applications with details either to the horticulture department or to the revenue department, they need not apply again.

The government would release the “input subsidy” amount to the district in phases to meet the demands of all affected farmers, he said.