TRICHY: The Tamil Nadu government has announced Rs 149.07 crore as a livelihood package for farmers who have lost their horticultural crops, on Thursday.
Based on the enumeration taken by the Director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops, about 24,000 hectares of horticulture crops were affected during the Gaja cyclone in 12 districts, including districts in delta region. Crops that were most damaged were banana, mango cashew , pepper, vegetables, acid lime, jack, betel vine, guava, papaya and flowers.
Farmers from the 12 districts had been demanding the government to announce compensation for their crop loss. Based on the representation from farmers, the director of Horticulture and Plantation Crops had submitted the proposal to provide livelihood support to the affected horticulture farmers.
According to the Government Order 310, the livelihood package also includes micro-irrigation for horticulture crops.
The director of horticulture and plantation crops has permitted to implement the special livelihood package as per the guidelines of the schemes by dovetailing the funds available under various existing schemes sanctioned by the government earlier, the GO added.