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Maha Govt demands Rs 2,800 cr aid for farmers of Sangli, Satara & Kolhapur: Dr Bonde

Sangli, Aug 19 (UNI) Taking into consideration the severe damage to various crops by the recent floods in the Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur districts of western Maharashtra, the state government has demanded Rs 2,800 crore as assistance from the central government for affected farmers of the three districts, state Agriculture minister Dr Anil Bonde said on Monday.
Talking to reporters after a review meet at the district collector's office here this evening, he said that
sugarcane, soyabean, turmeric, rice, ginger, grapes and maize crops on total 2,09,392 hectares in Kolhapur region, comprising Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur districts, were damaged by the floods.
Elaborating further, the minister said that in Satara, total 38,225 hectare land in total 332 villages was affected by floods, of which post-mortem of 10,009.48 hectare has been done so far.
Dr Bonde further said that in Sangli total 66,098.50 hectares land was affected by the floods, of which post-mortem of 32.93 per cent land has so far been done.
In Kolhapur total 1.5 lakh hectares land was damaged by the floods, of which 80 per cent is in the Shirol tehsil alone, he said.
The minister further said that the government would urge the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to re- organise agri loans of farmers in these flood-affected districts.
The state would also request the central government to raise limit of agriculture insurance from 70 per cent to 90 per cent in view of the severe floods, he added.
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