Minister for Public Works Department, Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami along with Collector V. Sampath inspected agricultural fields in Omalur, Mettur, Edappadi, Sankari and Veerapandi areas. TheMinister assessed the extent of loss suffered by the farmers and assured them that irrespective of whether their crops were covered under insurance or not, all the farmers whose crops were damaged would get compensation.
Cultivation of lemon, which is among the chief horticultural crops in the district, has been hit severely owing to the drought conditions. According to officials of the Horticulture Department, lemon crop has been damaged on over 1,975 hectares owing to deficient rainfall. The loss is concentrated in Indi taluk of the district — the largest producer of lemon where crop on over 1,400 hectares has been affected, followed by Vijayapura (419 hectares) and Sindgi (156 hectares).
Minister for PWD, State Highways and Minor Ports Edappadi K. Palaniswami, accompanied by Nasimuddin, monitoring officer, made assessment of crop loss suffered by the farmers due to severe drought conditions prevailing in the three Assembly constituencies in the district on Thursday. The Minister inspected the fields of the affected farmers in Yercaud, Attur and Gangavalli Assembly constituencies.
Already in distress over unsettled insurance claims of 2015-16, farmers recently got another shock from the Meteorological Department. It asked farmers to cough up Rs 1,500 per day as charge for providing them the weather data of the previous year. Apple farmers allege that private and state-run insurance companies are not paying them even half of the amount they paid as premium under the Weather-Based Crop Insurance (WBCI) for 2015-16.
Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu has sought financial assistance from the Centre for the sugarcane industry while addressing concerns related to digital transactions and modifications in the crop insurance scheme. Speaking at the pre-budget consultations held by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday, Abhimanyu on Friday said the state government was planning to emulate the Centre by presenting its budget on the basis of revenue and capital classification in February 2017.
Unseasonal rain and hailstorm lashed in different parts of western Odisha on Monday evening bringing the temperature down in the region. The rain has badly damaged harvested paddy crops and onions. There was a sudden burst of rain in Jharsuguda at 5 in the evening and it continued for three hours, forcing people to desert roads and markets. The rains dampened ongoing Jharsuguda Zilla Mahotsav as water gushed into stalls causing loss in business.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to implement the new crop insurance, PMFBY, in the ongoing rabi season, covering a dozen crops including wheat and paddy. With this, total number of states and Union territories implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), launched early 2016, has reached 27.
At a press conference to inform about achievements of his ministry in last 30 months, he said "About 309 lakh farmers of 23 states had been covered under Fasal Bima during previous Kharif Season 2015, in which 294 lakh farmers were loanee and 15 lakh farmers were non-loanee. During Kharif 2016, however, 366.64 lakh farmers have been covered, out of which 264.04 lakh farmers are loanee and 102.60 lakh farmers are non-loanee."
Himachal Pradesh Government would provide liberal credits to the farmers as it was keenly observing the adverse impact on them following Demonetization. Addressing the meeting of lead banks and Central Governmental officials, Additional Chief Secretary Narender Chauhan said that the State Government was quite sensitive towards the demonetization move of Government of India and remained vigilant and sensitive every moment towards the situation so that the common man did not suffer.
A programme to not only persuade farmers to make use of the rabi crop insurance scheme under the Karnataka Raitha Suraksha and the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana but also to help them to avail themselves of its benefits has been launched in a big way in Ballari and Koppal districts. The two districts are reeling under severe drought for the second consecutive year, owing to failure of monsoon and post-monsoon rain. Kharif crops have been damaged in both the districts.
Even as the state is staring at its most severe drought in recent years, the state agriculture department has not issued a notification for the weather based crop insurance scheme (WBCIS) for the ongoing Rabi season which could have benefitted thousands of farmers. Though the notification for the Rabi season had to be issued by October, the agriculture department is yet to select the implementing agency in the state prior to the issuance of the notification.
Despite demonetisation, the general insurance industry saw 29% growth with premium collection of Rs 9162.81 crore for the month of November. Health was the most robust portfolio, ahead of motor and commercial lines with standalone insurers seeing 40% increase at Rs 401 crore. The general insurance sector, however, did not witness the stellar growth witnessed by life for the month of November.
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