Detailed evaluation carried out in Tirupur district

Farmers in the district whose livelihood was severely affected due to the drought during 2012-13 fiscal can heave a sigh of relief as a sum of Rs 76.45 crore has come for the district for disbursal to offset the losses suffered.

Official sources told The Hindu that following a detailed evaluation carried out in the district, a total of 1,53,103 farmers who lost more than 50 per cent of their raised crops because of lack of availability of adequate water for irrigation would be given the indemnity.

Area-wise, a total of 2, 26,045.57 acres of farm area under agriculture crops in the district were affected by the drought during last fiscal.

“The amount will be disbursed through the co-operative credit institutions and credited directly into the accounts of the respective farmers shortly,” agriculture department sources said.

Of the total farmers eligible for compensation, 73,766 persons were involved in the cultivation of millets, 35,562 persons in the raising of pulses, 798 were cotton growers, 3,042 were cultivating sugarcane, 179 raising paddy, 30,103 in coconut cultivation and the remaining were involved in the production of oilseeds.

Amount-wise, Rs. 25.88 crore would be disbursed to affected-coconut farmers, Rs. 12.4 lakh to paddy farmers, and the remaining to the affected-millet, sugarcane, cotton, oilseeds and millets farmers (both under rain-fed and irrigated conditions).