QUETTA   -   Balochistan government has ap­proved allocation of Rs15 billion to provide fertilizers, seeds and agri­culture equipment to farmers af­fected by flood on subsidised rates as the province were hit by worst natural calamity in the history.

Balochistan Agriculture and Co­operative Minister Mir Asadullah Baloch said the government had also approved a summary to pro­vide 400,000 bulldozer’s hours to the farmers to bear the losses and already awarded 100,000 bulldoz­er’s hours to the farmers.

“The flash floods have washed away embankments on 5,000,000 acres land which would require 1,000,000 bulldozers hours and 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 hours of trackers for rebuilding the mound and flatting the land.

Asadullah Baloch demanded the federal government and donor agencies to come forward and help the provincial government in reha­bilitation of flood affectees as out of estimated Rs300 billion loss as the agriculture sector alone faced Rs150 billion loss.

“The volume of calamity is co­lossal and we do not have enough resources to fight it, compensate affected population, rehabilitation and restore the damaged infra­structure,” he added. Asad Baloch demanded the federal government to raise the fund for flood affected people in Balochistan as the es­timated overall loss faced by the province stands around Rs300 bil­lion.

He demanded the Centre to an­nounce subsidy on electricity and gas bills, provision of free yields, acquit­tal of agricultural loan, provision of tractors on subsidized rates and pro­vide bulldozer’s hours to the farmers to bear the losses. 

Giving details about the agricul­tural losses, he said that almost overall seasonal crops include to­mato, chilli, onion, rice, cotton, apple and dates standing on over 200,000 acres land had been de­stroyed completely. He said the flood had badly affected the farm­ers, caused loss of over 500,000 livestock and destroyed their tube wells and solar panels.