Approximately €314,000 has been paid out to farmers under the Crop Loss Support Measure, official figures reveal. The €1.5 million scheme was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, last July to assist growers most affected by the wet weather harvest conditions of September 2016. A spokesperson for the department has confirmed that 69 cases have been paid out to date.
An amount of Rs 16 crore out of Rs 32 crore towards Fasal Bima Yojana insurance which was released to the district has gone back to the government, owing to an error committed by the banks and insurance companies, alleged ZP former member Rekha Huliyappa Gowda. Addressing reporters here on Thursday, she said that 24,193 growers have insured their crops in the district during the year 2016-17. Of them, 22,493 growers are eligible to get the insurance amount following crop loss.
A new insurance program has been launched to help small farmers in developing countries recover from devastating effects of climate change. The African and Asian Resilience in Disaster Insurance Scheme (ARDIS) is thought to be the world's largest non-governmental climate insurance programme and is projected to support four million people in six countries. VisionFund International, which is part of Christian charity World Vision, and Parametrics started the scheme.
The district administration has asked farmers who had raised chilli crops in villages notified by the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AICL) to insure their crops by paying a premium of Rs. 1,000 by February 28. Though about 25,000 farmers have raised chilli crops in 22,000 hectares in the district during this rabi season, the insurance cover under the PMFBY was open to only about 9,000 farmers, who have cultivated the crops in about 70 villages, notified by the AICL, officials said.
Every year extreme weather conditions cause serious damage to agriculture. Late frost destroyed a good 50 percent last year and 80 percent of the apple harvest the year before. Styria has now started a pilot project to test wind machines. The 10 meter high device with its meter-long rotor blades is to be used in combination with paraffin heaters or other heating means.
Kenneth Ackerman, a former Administrator of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, recently published an article entitled Top Priority for the 2018 Farm Bill: Protect Federal Crop Insurance. We thought the piece summed up the current political debate surrounding crop insurance well, and wanted to share it more broadly. Ackerman, who currently works at OFW Law, embodied the term “public-private partnership” when he worked for the government, and, as you can tell, is still a champion of a strong crop insurance system.
In order to get timely and accurate data of crop loss for early payment of insurance claims to the farmers, the Union Government is planning to use smart technologies to settle crop loss claims under the crop insurance programme and maintain a satellite date through remote sensing technology for dispute discrepancy resolution. Presently, general claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are settled on the basis of yield data arrived from the crop cutting experiments (CCEs).
A host of changes, including lower premiums, are coming to crop insurance for the coming season. Speaking at Ag Days on Jan. 16 Ralph Eichler, the provincial agriculture minister told farmers they can expect to pay less, to no longer have pre-harvest deductibles for corn and soybeans, and to see changes in soybean coverage and new coverage for novel crops under the AgriInsurance program.
On Christmas Day farmers around Walgett in north-west New South Wales noticed their infant cotton plants had begun to wither. Leaves began to curl and die, killing some plants and stressing others. Within days, it was clear Walgett was facing a serious incident that had affected nearly 6,000 hectares (60 sq km) of cotton farms reaching as far as Burren Junction, and Rowena.
Windhoek-In a rather strange unfolding of events, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has confirmed its preliminary investigation showed two lions have been seen in the Brandberg area close to a local lodge and are suspected to have killed 172 sheep. Following this report, the ministry’s spokesperson Romeo Muyunda yesterday said they immediately deployed officials to the scene to verify and investigate the incident.
The spectre of drought looms large over mid and lower hills due to the prolonged dry spell during January, threatening Rabi crop prospects. The Kharif crop target of 893.90 lakh MT has been achieved as the monsoon rain deficit was only 15 per cent, which is considered near normal, but the Rabi target of 751.35 lakh MT will be hard to achieve as the dry spell has caused a loss of 8 to 10 per cent as per the preliminary assessments and it could increase if the dry spell continues.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) will extend P65.1 billion worth of free crop insurance coverage to more than 2 million farmers and fishermen this year to help them cope with the ill effects of climate change on farm production. During the “Usapang Sakahan” media forum organized by the Philippine Agricultural Journalists, PCIC President and CEO Jovy C. Bernabe said Congress had allocated P3.5 billion for the government’s free crop insurance program this year.
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