Agriculture Minister Badal holds a meeting with the Inter-Ministerial Central Team over drought

Ranchi: Agriculture Minister Badal held a meeting with the central team that had come to assess the drought situation in the state and informed them about the situation in the state.

After the meeting held at Nepal House, State Agriculture Minister Badal said that 226 blocks have come under the grip of drought. He said that the central team has been informed about all the points and it is expected that the central government will take a positive decision on the report submitted by the central team and will take appropriate steps for the upliftment of the drought-affected farmers.

Badal said that the department had made all the preparations in advance and had also done other works including seed distribution but due to less rains in the state there has been about 65 percent less yield. Till August 15, instead of 658 mm only 426.3 mm of rain was received, due to which 226 blocks of the state were affected.

He said that the state government is working for the economic empowerment of 58 lakh farmers of the state. Central team leader and Joint Secretary S Rukmani said that the team has taken stock of Ranchi‚Äôs Chanho block and the team will go to 7 districts to assess the drought situation and send its report to the sub-committee of the central government.

She said that they are hopeful that the Central Committee will take a positive decision on the recommendations sent by the team.

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