The Government will compensate farmers who had their paddy lands destroyed by the closure of the Mavilaru anicut by offering them Rs. 25,000 for each acre of destroyed paddy lands.
The compensation will be made through the Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board (AAIB). The compensation is to be released within a week.
`The AAIB will grant this compensation to all affected farmers in Mavilaru, Muttur, Kantale, Serunuwara, Seruwila, Alla and Mahindapura farmer colonies in Trincomalee district whose paddy cultivations were severely affected as a result of the water blockade by the LTTE,` Agrarian Services and Farmer Community Development Minister S.M. Chandrasena told the Daily News yesterday.
Senior AAIB officials will tour Mavilaru and other affected areas today to provide this compensation to all affected farmers within one week`s time, the Minister said.
The Government has also decided to grant further relief assistance to all displaced farmers until they recommence their cultivation activities and provide facilities to farmers to resume their cultivation at the next season, he said.
Over 15,000 acres of paddy lands belonging to nearly 8,000 farmers were destroyed following the LTTE`s recent move to close down the sluice gates of Mavilaru anicut. The AAIB officials have made estimates on the damages caused to the paddy cultivations of farmers in these affected areas.
`In the event of sudden disasters damaging cultivations, the AAIB grant compensation only to farmers who have registered under the farmer insurance scheme implemented by the AAIB.
However, not even five per cent of farmers in these affected areas have obtained the membership of this insurance scheme.`
President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the AAIB to insure all affected farmers under the AAIB insurance scheme and grant compensation at the rate of Rs. 25,000 per acre to each farmer for the paddy lands destroyed, he said.