Government offers seed, diesel subsidies to farmers hit by patchy monsoon



News:

  • The government, which has earmarked Rs 1 billion for diesel subsidies, will also ensure subsidised seeds are available in case farmers need to plant their crops again.
  • Monsoon rains irrigate nearly half of farm lands. So far, the June-September monsoon rains have been 9 per cent below a long-term average.
  • Subsidies for seeds and diesel and a few other measures to help cushion the blow of poor monsoon would cost Rs 3 billion.

Source: ET


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