Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Damage to Crop Due to Heavy Rains and Drought, 29/04/2016

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Damage to Crop Due to Heavy Rains and Drought, 29/04/2016. During March 2016, western disturbances led to hailstorm/unseasonal rains and high velocity winds in various parts of the country causing damage to crops. As per reports, an area of 6.02 lakh hectare was damaged/affected under different crops due to unseasonal rains/hailstorms/winds and lodging to the crops, mainly in wheat, was reported in an area of 9.04 lakh hectare. Thus total area of 15.06 lakh hectare was affected in various magnitudes in States like Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The assessment of crop loss is being undertaken by the State Governments.