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State includes seven crops under PMFBY insurance for Kharif 2017




 The claim ratio under Pradhan Mantri Phasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in the State has been raised to the level of 80 pc during the Kharif -2016 season as a result of constant follow up and extension activities at the ground level, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Chairing a State Level Coordination (SLC) Committee meeting on crop insurance here today, Padhi directed the Agriculture and Co-operation department to enhance the security net by bringing in more and more non-loanee farmers to the   fold of crop insurance. “The representatives of the insurance companies, present in the meeting were asked to disburse the insured sum to the farmers within 15 days of the final crop cutting report”, he added.

Padhi emphasized that since the crop cutting experiment was done through application of remote sensing and mobile apps there should be no confusion in expedited settling the claims.  It may be pertinent here to mention that Odisha is a leading State in application of remote sensing and mobile apps in crop cutting experiment. This was started from Kharif, 2016 with 33000 live samples collected from various parts of the State.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised the department to do due diligence for identifying the actual tilling farmer who suffered the crop loss in the whole process of insurance.  Available data show that PMFBY is being implemented in State since Kharif 2016 season. During this season, five crops named paddy, groundnut, cotton, ginger and turmeric were included in the insurance scheme.

A total number of 17.63 lakh farmers cultivating around 12.57 lakh hector were brought into the insurance fold.  A total sum of Rs 68,881.61 crore was insured for the farmers. Around Rs 530 crore were paid as premium to the insurance companies. During this season around Rs 422 crore of claim was raised by the farmers from all 30 districts that were divided to 5 clusters for the purposes of crop insurance.

The issues relating to implementation of PMFBY in Kharif-2017 was discussed in the meeting. As per earlier decisions tender has already been called from the insurance companies. The tenders are in the process of scrutiny and examination. It was decided that 7 main crops namely paddy, groundnut, cotton, turmeric, ginger, red-gram (arhar) and maize would be insured during Kharif season of 2017.






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