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1.5 lakh acres of crops in Telangana damaged by unseasonal rains

According to initial estimates from the state government, unseasonal rains and hailstorms in parts of Telangana have damaged standing crops on more than 1.50 lakh acres. The unexpected rains and hail storms caused by the trough over the state resulted in massive losses for farmers who were hoping to reap the Rabi harvest in a matter of days.

The untimely rains and hailstorm have damaged maize, mango, cotton, and chilli crops. As per the preliminary estimates from District Collectors, Telangana State Rythu Bandhu Samithi president and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) legislator Palla Rajeshwar Reddy stated that crops over 1.50 lakh acres belonging to 80,000 farmers were damaged. Actual losses may be much higher. The state government is awaiting reports from agriculture clusters. There are 2,603 agriculture clusters in the state.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed that the details of the hailstorm damage be obtained from the district ministers concerned, the Chief Secretary, and the officials. On Wednesday, March 22, the Chief Minister is also expected to visit affected districts. Following the visit, he is expected to announce relief measures.

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The state government has demanded that the Centre send teams to assess crop damage caused by the unseasonal rains. The BRS government, on the other hand, does not have high hopes. Rajeshwar Reddy stated during the monsoon, when there was a crop loss of Rs 7,000 crore, the Union had given just Rs 250 crore.

Opposition parties and farmers’ groups have urged the state government to come to the rescue of the affected farmers. Farmers are looking towards the state government to compensate for the loss they have incurred.








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