The west Bengal state government is working on a contingency plan for farmers affected by cyclone Bulbul. Steps are being taken after the Agriculture department submitted a preliminary report on the damage caused to agricultural land, to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.
915,000 hectares of agricultural land spread over six districts have borne the brunt of the severe cyclonic storm and major agricultural products like potato, vegetables, pulses, mustard have been damaged. The storm that was accompanied by heavy rainfall for two days has added to the extent of damage.
"Our Chief Minister is herself monitoring the situation. She visited parts of South 24-Parganas today (Monday) and took stock of the situation. Our department will work according to her instructions," said Ashis Banerjee, state Agriculture minister. According to the report submitted to the Chief Minister, the 9.15 lakh hectares of agricultural land that has been damaged spans across South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and West Midnapore.