India, July 12 -- Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced setting up of a state calamity relief fund with Rs 2,000 crore to help farmers overcome the impact of severe drought conditions in the state.

Making a statement in the state assembly on the first day of the budget session, Jagan said the state had recorded 48.3% of deficit rainfall this monsoon so far. It had received a total rainfall of just 70.1mm as against the normal rainfall of 135.5mm from June 1 to July 10.

"During the Kharif season which commenced on June 1, cultivation is done in an average area of 42 lakh hectares. Every year, sowing takes place in an average of 9.15 lakh hectares by July 10. But, this year, sowing was done only in 3.82 ...