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After facing crop destruction and consequent losses, farmers in Karnataka have decided to protest on all National and National (NH) highways next week to demand adequate compensation from the state government as heavy downpours continue to damage their crops.

Chairman of Karnataka Sugar Cane Growers Association and member of Rajya Raitha Sanghagala Okkutta Kurubur Shanthakumar said on Friday: “Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has barely looked into the farmers’ situation.”

“Farmers have suffered from unseasonal and excessive rains, floods, landslides, falling commodity prices, rising debt and a lack of measures to protect the community from sharp market fluctuations, among other factors,” he said.

At least three major farmers’ unions will take part in the day-long protest and decide how to take the agitation forward.

“We will stage a protest on all state and state highways across the state to get the government to listen to our demands, including loss of farm income over the past two years due to heavy rains and non-payment of adequate compensation,” Shanthakumar said. .

The statements come at a time when rainfall in most southern parts of the state has been excessive causing loss of life and livestock, damage to crops, homes, property and livelihoods, adding to the growing difficulties of farmers and fueling agrarian distress.

Between June 1 and August 2, the government estimated more than 20,266 hectares of crop damage due to heavy rains.

In the same time frame, Karnataka estimated that at least 60 people and over 400 animals were killed.

Assistance from the state or union government through the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) has been insufficient to say the least.

From 2009 to 2018, Karnataka estimated losses at 20,242 crores exclusively from floods and hailstorms in the state. However, he received just over 12% or 2496.12 crore funds from the Center, according to the data.

The lack of a transparent mechanism to calculate the financial assistance provides little clarity on how the Center decides the amount of the release of funds against the actual losses claimed by the State.

For example, Karnataka suffered losses of 2742 crore in floods in August 2013, but the Center only released 76.53 crore. For the October 2009 floods, the state requested 7,047 crore but received 1457.49 crores. The Center released no funds for the June-September 2010 floods against an estimated loss of 1045 crore, highlighting the arbitrariness in which the relief is calculated by the Center.

“The government has relied on age-old NDRF rules to compensate farmers, but is happy to give 10% wage increases to its employees. There was massive damage from landslides, floods, overflowing lakes and other factors which also impacted the sowing cycle. If the government supports its farmers, then the farmer will overcome any adversity,” said Kodihalli Chandrashekar, Chairman of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), a farmers’ organization.

Bommai on July 13 had stated that although the NDRF standards prescribe 3,200 compensation for house collapse as immediate relief and state government donates 10,000 and up 5 lakh on total house damage.

“With regard to crop losses, the NDRF has set an input subsidy of 6,800 per hectare for dry land crops, but the state government pays 13,600. Likewise this year too, 13,600 would be paid as agricultural input subsidy per hectare,” Bommai said.

“For wetland crops 25,000 would be paid per hectare against the input subsidy of 13,500 set by the Union government. For horticultural crops, the Union government provides an input subsidy of 18,000, while the state government gives 28,000 to help farmers,” Bommai said.

Farmers said most of these statements mattered little to them.

“The CM has already announced additional crop compensation beyond NDRF standards,” a senior finance department official said on condition of anonymity on Friday.

He said there were no additional relief measures such as agricultural loan waivers that were currently before the government.

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