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November 26, 2020

Kerala govt declares debt remedy for farmers suffering from August floods

After eight farmer suicides in two months, Kerala authorities have declared major relief for farmers across the kingdom, in particular for the flood-affected farmers in Idukki and Wayanad. Moratorium on loan recuperation lawsuits has been extended until December 31, and Kerala State Debt Relief Commission has been requested to keep in mind debt alleviation for Wayanad and Idukki farmers who had taken loans till August 31, 2018, the month the deluge devastated agricultural lands. Eight of the seven dead in the last months had been farmers from Idukki. The one-year moratorium on farmers’ loans introduced within the wake of the August floods has been extended till December 31. “This isn’t always for agricultural loans by myself however for all styles of loans taken through farmers,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated throughout his submit-cabinet briefing in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. The pointers of the State Debt Relief Commission, shaped in 2006 after a spate of farmer suicides across Kerala, has been dramatically cozy. Besides providing principal succor to Idukki and Wayanad farmers, farmers in different districts, too, will stand to gain. As according to the prevailing hints, except for Wayanad, the fee’s cut-off date for thinking about debt comfort became loans taken till October 31, 2011.

 

For Wayanad district alone, it turned into March 31, 2014. Now, March 31, 2014, is the brand new restriction the commission has been requested to set for all districts, except Wayanad and Idukki for which the further limitation is August 31, 2018. “This means that the commission can provide relief to farmers in Wayanad and Idukki who had taken loans simply earlier than the floods,” a senior commission respectable stated. The commission has additionally been requested to be more generous. As it stands, the commission pays seventy-five in keeping with a cent of the reimbursement amount if it is Rs 50,000 or much less. Anything above Rs 50,000, the commission will pay the most active 50 in line with cent challenge to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh. The chief minister stated the top restrict now been pushed as much as Rs 2 lakh.

This isn’t always all. Up to 9 in step with a cent of the hobby for the brand new loans taken for long-time period plants like espresso, rubber and coconut could be provided from the chief minister’s relief fund. This gain might be furnished for twelve months from the time of taking the mortgage. The reimbursement for crop loss, too, has been upped one hundred according to cent from the levels constant in 2015. For instance, the compensation for areca nut has been elevated to Rs 300 from Rs 150, for cocoa and espresso it’ll be two hundred from Rs 100, for pepper, it might be Rs one hundred fifty from Rs seventy-five, and for cloves, it would be Rs 2 hundred from Rs 100. The repayment for cardamom will now be Rs 25,000 from Rs 18,000 a hectare. The leader minister said Rs 85 crore would be urgently sanctioned for crop losses. The leader minister said the new alleviation measures might be except the special bundle announced for Wayanad and Idukki districts and also for Kuttanad area.

Janet Mason

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