Committee for Declaration of Mandals as Drought affected in AP


During South West Monsoon 2013 (1st June – 30th September), out of 1128 mandals in the State, approximately 291 mandals recorded deficit rainfall and scanty rainfall as detailed below: The rainfall data was furnished by the Director of Economics & Statistics, Planning Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh based on the rainfall recorded in the 1128 Automatic Weather Stations of APSDPS (Andhra Pradesh State Development Planning Society) located all over the State. In view of the NGO’s strike of Andhra Region Employees, the raingauge data rainfall was not received from the Director of Economics & Statistics. The above data is technically to be tested and validated based on ground realities by the Planning Department. Therefore District Collectors are directed to adopt rainfall data of manual rain gauges, maintained by the Director of Economics & Statistics for determining the deficit, scanty, dry spell mandals and submit report to Government within 3 days from date of receipt of GO for declaration of drought mandals for 2013, in the State.

DistrictwiseStatus ofMandals according to Rainfall                             from 01-06-2013 to 3009-2013

 

 

Sl No

District

No. of Mandals

No. of Mandals

Scanty
-99 to 60%

Deficient
-59 to- 20%

Total
Scanty & Deficient (4+5)

1

2

3

4

5

6

1

EAST GODAVARI

60

5

44

49

2

WEST GODAVARI

46

5

27

32

3

VISAKHAPATNAM

43

4

27

31

4

CHITTOOR

66

3

20

23

5

SRIKAKULAM

38

21

21

6

VIZIANAGARAM

34

1

19

20

7

ANANTAPURAM

63

6

12

18

8

GUNTUR

57

16

16

9

YSR KADAPA

51

3

11

14

10

PRAKASAM

56

1

12

13

11

KURNOOL

54

1

11

12

12

NALGONDA

59

1

11

12

13

SPS NELLORE

46

7

7

14

KHAMMAM

46

5

5

15

RANGA REDDY

37

4

4

16

WARANGAL

51

4

4

17

KRISHNA

50

3

3

18

MAHABUBNAGAR

64

3

3

19

MEDAK

46

2

2

20

NIZAMABAD

36

1

1

21

KARIMNAGAR

57

1

1

22

ADILABAD

52

23

HYDERABAD

16

STATE TOTAL

1128

30

261

291

 

        Source: Automatic Weather Stations & Data of Director of Economics & Statistics.
2. As per the Andhra Pradesh Handbook for Management of Drought, 1995 and Manual for Drought Management published by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India, 2009, the proposals for declaration of drought should be examined with reference to the following norms and the Collectors should send specific report to the government taking mandals as a unit:
a) Deficiency in rainfall of (-) 25% and above in Mandals where the annual normal rainfall is more than 1000 mm., followed by (-) 20% and above in Mandals where the annual normal rainfall is 750 mm to 999.9 mm and (-)15% and above in mandals where the annual normal rainfall is less than 750 mm i.e 749.9 mm.

b) Compression/reduction in the cropped areas of 50% and above under all principal crops.

c) Normal reduction in crop yields of 50% and above, compared with average yields. However, in the case of high input oriented (seed rate heavy and cost also prohibitive) crops like groundnut, Bengal gram, hybrid sunflower etc. reduction in yield of 40% and above also should be reckoned as affected by drought, yield compared with previous 5 years.
d) Dry spells and its impact on crop damages.
e) Normalized Vegetative Differential Index (NDVI)
f) Moisture Adequacy Index (MAI)

3. During Hon’ble Revenue Ministers Video Conference on 22.10.2013 with the Collectors, all the District Collectors except Hyderabad were instructed to submit the Proposals as per the above criteria for declaration of Drought affected mandals as per references 1st and 3rd cited. In order to scrutinize the proposals submitted by the District Collectors, and recommend the names of the mandals to be declared as drought affected to Government, it is decided to reconstitute the committee vide reference 2nd cited by including Director, Central Research Institute for Dry Land Agriculture, Hyderabad (CRIDA) as an additional member of the Committee.

After examination, Government hereby order to reconstitute a Committee with the following members in partial modification of the reference 2nd cited above.

1. Principal Secretary to Govt., Finance Dept., – Member
2. Principal Secretary to Govt., Planning Dept. – Member
3. Principal Secretary to Govt., Agriculture & Cooperation Dept., – Member
4. Director of NRSC or his Representative, – Member
5. Director of IMD, – Member
6. Director, Agro Climate Research Centre, Agriculture
Research Institute, ANGRAU , Rajendranagar, Hyderabad – Member
7. Chief Executive Officer, APSDPS – Member
8. Director of Economics and Statistics. –Member
9. Director, CRIDA –Member
10. Commissioner for Disaster Management &
Ex-Officio Prl.Secretary to Govt., Revenue (DM)Dept., – Member & Convener
The above Committee shall meet and scrutinize the proposals submitted by the District Collectors for Kharif, 2013, National Crop forecasting Center, Pune/NRSC GoI, (NDVI)/ ANGRAU (MAI) (Agro-Climate Research Centre), Director, Economics & Statistics (rainfall data, yield data based on crop cutting experiment) as per the guidelines in the Andhra Pradesh Handbook for Management of Drought, 1995 and Manual for Drought Management published by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India, 2009, and recommend names of only those mandals that fulfill the criteria recommended for declaring mandals as Drought affected. The recommendations of mandals to be declared as drought affected will include any other relevant information / details to justify the recommendations.

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