Central team visits three districts to assess damage

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Hubli, Apr 8 (UNI) A Central team today visited Bijapur, Gadag and Dharwad districts to assess the damages caused due to unseasonal rains last month.

The four member team visited Gadag and Dharwad districts and made on the spot inspection of crops lost due to widespread rainfall.

Team members said, ''We have found widespread damage to standing crops in Navalgund, Nargund and Ron taluks in the districts. We have collected all the details and would submit our report to the Centre very soon.'' Affected farmers pleaded for early disbursement of compensation.

The team consisted of Mr Ramesh Abhishekh, Mr D R Murthy, Mr M S Desai and Mr S R Teggimani.

One of the Central team members, accompanied by Bangalore Revenue Department Deputy Secretary Tegginamani, today visited various fields to survey the exact loss of grape and other crops due to recent unseasonal rain in Bijapur district.

'' We will submit a report to the Centre within ten days. It is certainly a natural calamity, hence release of funds from Natural Calamities Fund may be considered,'' Director of Hyderabad Oil Seed Development Commissioner Office and team member Dr Gurumukhi told newspersons.

Bijapur District Administration had estimated the loss at Rs 230 crore. Standing crops in more than 8,720 acres were destroyed due to unseasonal rain, Deputy Commissioner B G Nandakumar said.

The team visited Aliyabad village where grape cultivation had destroyed due to heavy rain.

Grape growers of Tikota division demanded waiver of loan and interest and announcement of ''Vidarbha'' package for the district.

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