The State Government on Monday announced a special package for agriculture and other sectors which sustained loss due to severe cyclonic storm and consequent flood.

The government said that agricultural input subsidy at the rate of Rs.4,500 per hectare for rainfed areas, Rs.9,000 per hectare in assured irrigated areas, and Rs.12,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops restricted to sown areas shall be provided to the affected farmers. Perennial crops will include mango, cashew, coconut, kewra, betel vine, etc.

The minimum assistance to any affected farmer shall not be less than Rs.2,000 by administering both ex gratia assistance and agricultural input subsidy, the government said.

The eligible amount will be paid to the actual cultivators who have suffered crop loss to the extent of 50 per cent or more and will be assessed jointly by the agriculture and revenue personnel.

The government also announced several other measures for the affected farmers.