Field functionaries asked to aware farmers for risk coverage on investments on crop
SAMBA: A workshop on implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was organised for field officers of agriculture and horticulture department, here on Wednesday, an official press note read. Deputy Mission Director PMFBY, K K Sharma, Chief Agriculture Officer Iqbal Choudhary, Assistant Director Planning Megha, District Agriculture Officer Vijay Upadhaya, Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer Samba Sanjay Verma and Oriental Insurance Company’s representative Vijay Kumar were present as facilitators.
According to the press note, the participants were sanitised on various aspects of crop insurance required to ensure effective implementation of the scheme in Rabi 2017-18. During the workshop, the field functionaries were asked to create awareness among farmers for risk coverage on investments on crop husbandry with 90% indemnity. Insurance of Rs.35,000/ha for paddy, Rs.30,000/ha for maize, Rs.35000/ha for wheat and Rs.70,000/ha for mango can be availed on minimum premium of 2%, 2%, 1.5% and 5%, respectively. All farmers, loanee, non-loanee, tenants, sharecropper can be covered under the scheme, the press note read. Minimum Target of 7476 ha under wheat has been fixed for Rabi 2017-18, whereas, 2718 ha under paddy and 1221 under maize have been covered under insurance in Samba District during Kharif 2017, it read.
The workshop saw discussions on all aspects of crop insurance in coordination with revenue department especially, location of crop cutting experiment (CCE) plot in advance taking Khasra number and random table, need for complete record of crop cycle with supporting pictures/videos was highlighted for settlement of claims.
It was also cleared that ‘block’ is a reference unit area and not a village. Crop yield of block based on 16 CCEs is the basis of assessment in reference to the yield of last 7 years, further read the press note. Deputy Mission Director, K K Sharma directed the field staff to submit information regarding crop cuts already conducted, for uploading on the insurance portal.
District agriculture officer (extension), Samba has been nominated as nodal officer for PMFBY scheme in the district, the press note added.