Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maharashtra, has raised an urgent call for immediate compensation to farmers grappling with severe crop damages across 18 districts due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms. Maulana Ilyas Khan Falahi, President of JIH Maharashtra, expressed deep concern over the widespread devastation, emphasizing the urgent need for assistance to affected farmers.
“Reports indicate over 90,000 hectares in 18 districts, particularly in North Maharashtra, Marathwada, and Vidharbha regions, have suffered extensive crop damage. Grapes, bananas, oranges, and onions have been significantly impacted, leading to price hikes, affecting the common populace,” stated Maulana Ilyas Khan Falahi.
The situation has sparked concerns over slow sowing due to low soil moisture, potentially affecting mango farming and cotton/cereal production in Vidarbha and Marathwada. Falahi stressed the critical need for immediate compensation, highlighting the farmers’ dependence on their harvest for livelihood.
“Delayed compensation could force farmers into heavy-interest loans, pushing them into a cycle of debt and resulting in tragic consequences like farmer suicides. It’s imperative to provide swift assistance to prevent this,” Falahi added.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind called upon the Maharashtra State Government to prioritize this issue and promptly allocate compensation, proposing an amount of ₹15,000 per acre to support affected farmers. Additionally, the organization urged the government to provide interest-free loans to farmers and small traders, enabling them to rebuild their lives.
The appeal underscores the pressing need for swift government action to alleviate the distress of farmers and prevent a further downturn in their livelihoods. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind remains committed to advocating for the welfare of farmers and urges immediate governmental intervention to address this agricultural crisis.