In an effort to cool of farmers’ misery in the affected states set to get scanty rainfalls, the government has decided to provide diesel on low rate in order to save the standing crops. Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh said that the farmers of the drought affected regions will be given concession in the base rates of their agricultural loan.

The Central government has spiraled up its action to meet the odds of drought, with the Meteorological Department’s prediction of poor monsoon. All the state governments and their respective Agriculture Universities have been asked to prepare for bracing the drought-driven disaster. They have been asked to take help of MGNREGA for water harvesting.

The Centre has sent directive to states that 10 percent of the amount under the National Agricultural Development Plan should be earmarked for facing the drought situation. Under Accelerated Fodder Development Programme, additional funding has been allocated for animal feed.

The weather office has forecast a deficit rainfall. The delay in monsoon to reach the India’s southern coast has increased the possibility of its weak intensity. The formation of a possible El Nino weather phenomenon, which can cause drought in South Asia, can impact later in the four-month rainy season.

JPN/Bureau

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