The Darjeeling tea industry is in “bad shape” as the production has been severely hit due to phases of lockdown and excessive rain in the hills, an official of the planters’ association said on Thursday. The garden owners are anticipating losses this year as the output will be lower than the annual production of about seven million kg, Darjeeling Indian Tea Association secretary Mohan Chhetri said.
Ramalingam, an 80-year-old farmer of Mathur village in Tamil Nadu’s Ariyalur district, visited a common service centre (CSC) in his village on July 31 to get his groundnut crop insured for this kharif season under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Ramalingam has been cultivating different crops from groundnut to black gram for the past many years. In 2018, his crop got damaged due to natural calamity, thereby, incurring a huge financial loss.
Despite problems in availing finances from banks, farmers across Maharashtra have come forward to insure their crops. In the last few years, the share of non-loanee farmers who opted for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yogna (PMFBY) is far more than those who opted for crop loans from financial institutions.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro)'s technology is no longer mainly about launching satellites. The space agency has been constantly enlarging its role in development activities, contributing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of "Transforming India", said Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh.
Virajpet Tahsildar L M Nandish said due to heavy rain losses to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore had been reported in six hoblis of the taluk. The official stated that many houses were damaged and crops were destroyed during incessant rains in the last week. Crops, including paddy and coffee, have been destroyed. The revenue department personnel have been finding it difficult to assess the exact amount of damage.
The Gujarat government’s new scheme for farmers facing crop losses will replace the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for this year only, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said. The new scheme, called Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojana, will grant compensation to farmers facing crop losses due to drought, excess rain or unseasonal rain, without collecting any premium.
The Gujarat government on Monday launched a new scheme under which farmers facing crop losses due to drought, excess rain or unseasonal rain will get compensation without collection of any premium from them. The new scheme - Mukhya Mantri Kisan Sahay Yojana - will replace the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for this year only, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced here.
Locust swarms persist in some areas but they have caused only minor crop loss in some districts of Rajasthan, the government said in a statement. “No significant crop losses have been reported in the States of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Haryana,” it said.
It was the severity of the on-going locust incursions that prompted Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to declare it a national disaster. In his letter to Modi, Gehlot said that farmers would suffer a loss of ₹1,000 crore even though timely warnings and joint locust control operations by the Centre and the State reduced the impact of the locust infestation.
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