Centre has so far released around Rs 12,000 crore drought relief fund to eight states, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said.
This, along with other measures will reduce impact of poor rains on farm production, he added.
The country witnessed back-to-back drought due to deficit rains for the second straight year. Total 10 states have declared drought in half of the country.
“We have released about Rs 12,000 crore drought relief funds to eight states so far this year. We will soon release for the rest two states,” Singh said addressing an event on attracting and retaining youth in agriculture organised jointly by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and All India Agriculture Students Association (AIASA). The Centre has released Rs 1,540 crore drought assistance to Karnataka, Rs 1,670 crore to Chhattisgarh, Rs 2,032 crore to Madhya Pradesh and Rs 3,050 crore to Maharashtra from the National Disaster Relief Fund.
Karnataka, AP, Telangana, Odisha, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, UP, Maharasthra, MP and Chattisgarh — together had sought a central aid of Rs 38,667 crore, he said.