Kohima: A drought-like situation has been declared in Nagaland following a 37.15% drop in normal rainfall that has adversely affected the cultivation of paddy and other crops.
The decision was taken on Wednesday at a review meeting chaired by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, an official said.
It has also been decided that the committee on calamity relief would immediately work out an action plan for mitigation of the situation and would also approach the Centre for necessary assistance to the affected farmers.
According to the data maintained by the department of soil and water conservation, the state has received an acute shortfall of rains during the period 1 January to 15 July in comparison to corresponding period last year.
Low rainfall has affected 15% of the jhum cultivation and 25% the wet terrace rice cultivation, the official said.
Horticulture and sericulture cultivation has also been affected in the state.