Government today admitted that no compensation has been made/ sanctioned against the loss in lieu of damages caused to agriculture and livestock in Kashmir Division during devastating floods of September 2014. In a written reply to a question of MLA Usman Abdul Majeed in Lower House, Minister Incharge said no relief has been given to agriculture and livestock that got affected during floods of 2014 in Kashmir Division. “But Rs. 11.47 crore crop compensation and Rs. 2.55 crore livestock was provided to Jammu Division. However, six months free ration at a cost of 35 kg per family per month was provided to flood affected people with an amount of Rs. 172 crore under SDRF,” the Minister said.
In all 3.53 lakh farmers out of the total of 4.17 lakh in the drought-hit district are set to get the benefits of National Agriculture Insurance and Weather-based Insurance Schemes. A sum of Rs 191 crore, Rs 117 crore under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme against Kharif crop and Rs 74 crore under Weather-based Insurance Scheme, has been sanctioned by insurance companies and the amount is reportedly received by the district administration. The amount would be credited to the bank accounts of the farmers before the beginning of the Kharif sowing. The district agriculture superintending officer Dattatraya Gaikwad clarified that farmers are entitled to get the benefits under both the schemes.
FARMERS of Uttara Kannada district who faced severe drought in the last two years and had lost their crops will soon get crop insurance compensation of Rs 41 crore, said Minister R V Deshpande. He told reporters that farmers from Haliyal will get Rs 20 crore and Rs 12 crore will be given to the farmers in Sirsi. “Similarly Mundgod and Yellapur farmers will get Rs 7 crore and Rs 1.5 crore respectively. A compensation of Rs 45 lakh will be given to farmers in Joida. The compensation money will soon be credited to the bank accounts of the farmers by the KDCC Bank in Sirsi,” he said.
A farmer leader from Mysuru has urged the Centre to include crops damaged by wild animals under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana. Kurubur Shanthkumar, president, State Sugarcane Growers’ Association, who is also president of Indian Sugarcane Farmers’ Association, met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan in New Delhi recently and urged him to take measures to include crops that had been left out under the insurance scheme in the interest of farmers from the State. He presented a memorandum to the Minister.
On the afternoon of Monday 30 May, heavy hailstorms rained down on parts of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, inflicting large-scale damage to the fruit industry by hammering down blossoming apple orchards and other fruits. “The hailstorm started at 3:00 pm leaving a layer of white icy stones on the ground. Blossoming fruit orchards and vegetables suffered extensive damage due to the storm,” Mohammed Ramzan an apple orchardist said. The fruit industry is the main stay of economy in north Kashmir.
Nizamabad district has been selected on experimental basis for implementation of Unified Package Insurance Scheme (UPIS) as part of Prime Minister Fasal Bheema Yojana (PMFBY) which will come into force from the ensuing kharif. The farmers enrolling under PMFBY are initially mandated in Nizamabad to opt at least two out of six sections of UPIS – personal accidents, life insurance, student safety insurance, dwelling/household insurance, agricultural pumpset insurance and tractor insurance, a government order today said. The government also notified the crops and districts to implement the villages and mandals as insurance unit schemes under the PMFBY. Soyabean in Adilabad, rice in Khammam, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Warangal and Nizamabad and maize in Medak, Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy will be the predominant crops to be covered with villages as units of insurance.
The Congress on Saturday asked the BJP government to rush to the aid of farmers in Sirsa, Fatehabad and other parts of the district where desi cotton has been damaged due to severe heat waves prevailing in the State. “Quick assessment should be made of the losses incurred by them and they should be expeditiously and adequately compensated,” Kiran Choudhry, Leader of Haryana Congress Legislature Party said. “The farmers have suffered the maximum under the insensitive BJP Government in Haryana. Last year, they lost their crops to untimely rains and hailstorms, suffered the pangs of second consecutive drought extending right into the winter, had whitefly attack ruin their crops, and now, the complete wipe-out of their recently sown cotton crop,” she said in a statement here.
The Centre is actively considering proposals of four public sector general insurance companies to be part of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) launched this year. Currently, the Agriculture Ministry has empanelled 11 private sector companies and state-owned Agriculture Insurance Company (AIC) to implement the new scheme. "The four state-owned Oriental Insurance Company, New India Assurance Company, National Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company have sent the proposals to participate in the scheme. We are actively examining them," a senior Agriculture Ministry official told PTI.
In India, El Nino hasn't meant strong winds and torrential rainfall. Quite the opposite in fact - the country is currently experiencing a severe drought which has caused deaths, water shortages and crop failures. And the country will also suffer financially. It's expected that India's losses will add up to around 100 billion US dollars. And while the coming La Niña might bring India some much-needed rain, it will take more than one good monsoon season to wash away the savage effects of the El Nino. 10 states across India are suffering from massive droughts, impacting 330 million people out of its 1 billion population
More than 40 acres of maize and potato fields were damaged after a hailstorm hit Yenangbrangsa chiwog in Samkhar gewog on May 23. The fields belonged to 56 households from the three villages of Yenangbrangsa, Bikhargonpa and Tamalung. While Bikahrgonpa’s main crop is potato, the other two villages depend on maize. Gewog agriculture extension supervisor, Mahindra Rai said the severity of damage to the maize crop is around 60 percent while around 30 percent of potato crops were damaged. Given that it is the harvest time for potatoes, the extent of the damage was minimised as farmers can still harvest the crop.
Amid a lot of political drama, the Modi government had cleared the Insurance Law Amendment Bill, lifting foreign direct investment ceiling in insurance to 49% in March 2015, kick-starting economic reforms. With this, foreign direct investment of up to Rs 13,000 crore has come in to the insurance sector. Around a dozen foreign promoters have increased their stake in the Indian insurance joint venture after the amendment to the Insurance Laws. This was seen as a major reform for the government and a key one to stimulate insurance growth.
India is going through severe water shortage in several states. The scarcity is mainly due to the dry season, but it has been exacerbated by our inability to manage water resources, and ignorance. Of course, added to that is our lack of understanding, or respect, for our environment. The water shortage is being perceived as drought. Dry condition is a natural phenomenon, which is bound to happen three to four times out of ten seasons. Drought is a man-made condition. Despite these being two distinct concepts, it is often wrongly used synonymously.
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