"I do not think the farmers will be able to survive this kind of yield. They definitely need compensation. We will give a favourable report," K S Srinivas, joint secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, told reporters here after reviewing drought situation in the state.

Stating that the crop loss was 'extensive' and up to 80 percent in some districts, Srinivas said, "We observed that yield of paddy crop has come down and in some cases there is no sowing at all, field remained fallow. In some cases there is no grain at all."

Srinivas was leading a 10-member team that visited the drought-affected areas of four districts of Kalahandi, Balangir, Bargarh and Nuapada. The team members held discussion with district officials at the field level and shared their observations with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other government officials here. They also met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat.

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