The government has allocated drought relief of Rs.4.85 crore for coconut farmers, said Joint Director of Agriculture M.Syed Ahamed Meranji.

In a press statement issued here on Thursday, the said that owing to severe drought, 50 percent of the yield was affected in the coconut plantations raised in over 12,127 acres in Kanyakumari district.

The Chief Minister has ordered that Rs. 4,000 per acre be issued to each affected farmer.

Deposited in banks

The funds had been deposited in the Primary Agriculture Co-operative Banks (PACB).

The affected farmers could receive the money from the their respective PACB after submitting the required documents, he added in the release.