The Agriculture Department has sanctioned Rs. 1.4 crore for repair of bunds damaged in floods in Kuttanad.

An official press note here on Saturday quoted Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar as saying officials of the Agriculture Department led by the Alappuzha District Collector would oversee the bund repair work. The government would immediately release 20% of the funds necessary for the purpose. The government would also sanction Rs. 17.26 crore to clear the pumping subsidy arrears, he said.

The Minister said the government would also relax the norms for granting pumping subsidy. Preliminary reports had indicated that the floods had caused crop loss in 15,000 hectares. The government would make seeds available free to the farmers concerned, he said.

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