Shaheen seeks compensation for crop damages due to rice blast disease

Shaheen seeks compensation for crop damages due to rice blast disease

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BANIHAL : National Conference District President Ramban Sajjad Shaheen on Friday expressed grave concern over the damages caused to standing crops in the entire district, especially in Banihal Assembly Constituency, saying maize and paddy has suffered major brunt due to rice blast disease.

“The concerned agencies have failed in taking preventive measures and launching awareness campaign among the farmers”, Shaheen said while addressing office bearers meeting here this afternoon.

Shaheen sought immediate assessment of the losses and deputation of a team of agricultural scientists for identifying the causes and suggesting the measures to combat various crop diseases.

He said the walnut growers and bee-keepers have also suffered heavy losses due to hailstorm recently. He sought assessment of the damages by multi-agency team of various departments particularly revenue, agriculture and horticulture departments to assess the losses so that the sufferers are compensated.  In the first instance, he called for preliminary relief to the affected farmers.

Sajjad Shaheen also expressed concern over growing incidents of braid chopping that has created fear psychosis among the people across the state. He said the PDP-BJP government has failed in identifying and arresting the culprits behind heinous crime against society.

The meeting also discussed various organizational matters and the cadre was urged to keep highlighting problems facing to the people for seeking earnest redressal.

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