Panaji, Aug 20 : Goa Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar on Tuesday said that heavy monsoon rains which lashed the state recently and caused flooding in some areas had affected livelihood of over 6,000 farmers and caused a loss of around Rs 8.92 crore.
Speaking to reporters in the city, Mr Kavlekar said the compensation formula for determining agriculture loss would be modified as farmers had complained that there was low compensation offered to them for losses incurred due to floods.
"A survey of the damage caused by the heavy rains and flooding of low lying areas has pegged the total loss in Goa to agricultural and horticulture crops is Rs. 8.92 crore. 6,363 farmers have been affected and a total area of 1,928 hectares of land has been impacted by water logging," Mr Kavlekar, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, said.
He said efforts were being made to reimburse 50 per compensation to affected farmers before Ganesh Chaturthi which starts from September 2.
The minister said he would discuss with Chief Minister about reworking of compensation formula so that farmers could get more as compensation for losses caused by the national calamities.
Recently heavy rains had caused the flood in low lying areas of the state besides damaging crops. (UNI)