Crops worth Rs 35 crore damaged in rains

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 27 (UNI) The torrential rains that rashed Kerala last week under the influence of the North East monsoon have damaged crops to the tune of Rs 35 crore, State Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said here.

After a high-level meeting held to assess the damage caused due to the North East monsoon rains, he told reporters that the loss suffered by the Agriculture sector would be submitted to the Centre on Wednesday after receiving the final estimates.

About 14,000 farmers were affected, he said, and added standing crops in 4,000 hectares had been damaged.

Stating that paddy farmers had been hit, Mr Ratnakaran said Alapuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and Wayanad districts were the worst affected.


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