Over 1.1 mn farmers affected by drought in Chhattisgarh during kharif 2017

Over 1.1 mn farmers affected by drought in Chhattisgarh during kharif 2017Scanty rains during the kharif 2017 had affected over 1.1 million farmers in Chhattisgarh. The opposition Congress members today informed in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly that 1104767 farmers from 11297 villages have been affected by drought. In all, 1028657.812 hectares area had remained dry due to short rainfall. The state government accepted the figure and said it was taking all necessary measures to give relief to the farmers. “Chhattisgarh has received 12.8 per cent less rainfall in the kharif 2017 when compared to average of last 10 years,” state’s minister for revenue Prem Prakash Pandey said. He added that 96 tehsils in 21 districts were declared drought-hit in September 2017 based on visual assessment of crop.

Source: Business Standard