A private insurance firm has been booked for fraud after rejecting insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Singhwa Ragho village of the district. The complainant said the farmers were entitled to insurance cover for cotton and bajra for the 2017 kharif season. The SBI branch in Bhatla village had deducted premium from accounts of farmers and paid the firm for insurance cover.
Torrential rains and hailstorms that severely hit several parts of Kashmir earlier this week have severely damaged apple and cherry crops, causing huge losses to growers. Several varieties of cherries were ready to be harvested. Cherry growers who witnessed decline of the prices of their fruit last year now fear for the worst.
With the maximum and minimum temperatures soaring, the crop yield is likely to witness a loss of 10 to 40 per cent in parts of Himachal Pradesh. Solan has witnessed the highest temperature of 37.5oC and lowest of 20oC this season, which was among the highest temperatures recorded in the recent years.
Farmers can avail of Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) during the kharif season if arecanut and pepper vines are damaged due to change in weather conditions. Oriental General Insurance Company is in charge of Dakshina Kannada district. The scheme automatically covers farmers who availed of crop loans from banks as it was mandatory.
This year’s mango production in Uttar Pradesh is around 70 percent down on last year (when the output was 4 million tons). A marginal growth in the mango output was expected earlier. The picking of 'Dussehri' started late this season due to a poor crop and adverse weather conditions -including hailstorms- in the orchards of Malihabad, which is a part of Lucknow suburb.
Insurance companies have missed the deadline to recognise and pay claims worth over Rs 5,000 crore made by farmers under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme. The pending insurance claims – which state governments have certified, but have not been approved by the companies yet – add up to a whopping Rs 5,171 crore and are for the recent kharif season, which ended in December 2018.
Mango growers and horticulture scientists in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district are worried about the red-banded mango caterpillar affecting production this year. Last year, the insect already affected output in the region known for its Zardalu mangoes. If not controlled, "the volume of mangoes can decrease", said mango farmer Santosh Mandal, who listed growing the fruit as his main source of livelihood.
The Horticulture Department has submitted a report to the government about losses caused to horticulture sector due to hailstorm and high speed winds. One of the top officials of the horticulture department told that Crops of some farmers in the state had got damaged in the ongoing spell of inclement weather due to hailstorm.
Pre-monsoon showers and thunderstorm lashed several areas of Kalahandi and Sambalpur on Tuesday evening causing heavy damage to paddy crops and houses in the region. Sources said, heavy rain accompanied by gusty wind destroyed standing paddy crops and also washed away harvested crops of people in many areas of Kalahandi.
Proving the opposition charge that the state government has done precious little for farmers, wrong; the state government said that it exceeded the target of providing crop loans to farmers. And for the current fiscal it has proposed to disburse Rs 10,000 crore, which is about Rs 2,000 crore more than the sum distributed last year.
Farmers led by A. Varatharajan of Karisal Bhoomi Farmers Association demanded that special camps be held for farmers to remedy deficiencies in the submission of required documents for receiving crop insurance for 2018-19. At the weekly grievance day meeting at the Collectorate here on Monday, they said many farmers, who were illiterate, could miss out on messages being sent to mobile numbers registered for crop insurance in case their documents were inadequate.
Heavy rains coupled with sudden hailstorm today evening damaged maize crop, vegetables and fruits in different parts of Nalthi Panchayat. In Nalthi Pan chayat, the farmers residing in half a dozen villages including Kholra, Nalthi, Swongpura, Kach, Basti and its adjoining villages in Athkhar area said that heavy rains and hailstorm damaged maize crop.
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