"Those horticulture farms covered with the specialised agri nets suffered lesser damage in the hailstorms. (Currently) These nets have to be imported from abroad. We will see how these nets could be made available to farmers at reasonable prices locally," the Chief Minister said while addressing farmers at Vadner-Bhairav village in the district during his visit to the affected areas.

He said the government was also considering to provide financial assistance to affected farmers through the Crop Insurance Scheme.

"We are thinking to install about 2,000 machines in the state to give information on the climate in advance (so as to save the damage to crops)," Fadnavis added.

The Chief Minister visited Niphad, Dindori and Chandwad towns in the district that were badly hit by the hailstorms on Saturday.

State PWD Minister Eknath Shinde, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, Minister of State for Cooperation Dada Bhuse, local BJP MLAs and district officials were present on the occasion.

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