Panaji: Heavy rainfall and floods caused a loss of Rs 10 crore to farmers in Goa in the last two weeks, Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar said on Friday.
Kavlekar, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, said around 2,900 farmers suffered crop losses in Bardez, Bicholim and Pernem tehsils in North Goa due to the floods.
As per the estimate of the agriculture department, crops over 1,300 hectares, including those in areas like Diwar Island, were affected, the minister said.
On farmers’ demand, the government is considering increasing the compensation for crop losses from Rs 25,000 per hectare to Rs 40,000 for paddy and from Rs 400 to Rs 800-1,000 for every damaged banana tree, he said.
In Pernem, some 1,300 farmers, holding total of 580 hectares of land, suffered a loss of Rs 2.5 crore overall, Kavlekar said.
In Bicholim, 700 farmers lost crops worth Rs 2 crore over 400 hectares, while in Bardez, 875 farmers lost crops worth Rs 1 crore over 265 hectares, he stated.
While this monsoon caused great havoc in the western region, the northern part did not suffer much of floods. The increase in rainfall, rather has significantly affected the air quality in Delhi which has been oscillating between good and satisfactory categories for the past one week, making it one of the longest spells of clean air in the national capital this year, authorities said on Friday.
The authorities have attributed increased rainfall with approaching western disturbance as the main reason behind the improvement in air quality.
According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was 44 on Friday which falls in good category, while the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the AQI was recorded in satisfactory category at 59.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 44 and the PM10 level was recorded at 21 on Friday, SAFAR said.