Vastavam web: The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday assessed Rs 500 crore losses to the state’s agriculture and horticulture sectors due to the recent heavy snowfall and urged the Centre to provide relief to the affected farmers. Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam urged the central government to depute a team to the state to assess the damages caused by heavy snowfall, an official spokesman said.
In a communication addressed to Union Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Subrahmanyam said the extent of damage was so huge that the state government needed assistance from the Centre. He said under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)guidelines, a meagre amount of relief is admissible on account of damages and losses to crops which is “not sufficient to compensate the affected farmers”. The official said unprecedented snowfall on November 3 and 4 had caused colossal damage to apple crops.