Ryots opting for coverage through cooperatives under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme) has elicited good response from ryots in Thanjavur district.
Data provided by the Agriculture department at the agriculture grievance day meeting held here on Wednesday showed that the number of farmers who applied for crop insurance during the current rabi season increased to 1,23,723 from last season’s number of 94,197.
The extent of cultivated area insured also increased from 2,19,002 acres in 2018 to 2,68,991 acres this year.
A sum of ₹1191.63 lakh was paid as crop insurance premium by farmers this year, compared to ₹880.39 lakh last rabi season.
Incidentally, the crop insurance statistics released by the Cooperatives department, which form part of the overall crop insurance scenario, showed a steady growth in the number of ryots opting for crop insurance through Cooperatives.
Detailing the initiatives taken by the district administration to ensure that relief amount declared by the State Government reached the affected ryots, Collector A. Annadurai said ₹349 crore had been disbursed so far to 48,363 coconut farmers, who lost 45 lakh coconut trees in the cyclone.
Besides, ₹2.38 crore was disbursed to 1,860 farmers who lost paddy, sugarcane, maize and palm tree in the cyclone. When the participating farmers tried to drive home the point that enumeration of coconut trees was not carried out properly, the Collector said that during the exercise it came to light that several uprooted trees were raised by farmers on lands taken on lease and other objectionable areas.
Further, when it came to disbursement of relief there was no consensus among ryots on whether the landlord or tenant farmer was entitled to the compensation, he added.
When district president of Agriculture Labourers Union, Thanjavur, V. Jeevakumar alleged that the relief amount deposited in the accounts of ryots were being adjusted by bankers towards their crop loan dues, the Collector requested the farmers to bring such incidents to the notice of the district administration as the State government had already written to Reserve Bank of India to extend the crop loan repayment period in view of the calamity.
Presenting a memorandum to the Collector, Nasuvini Riverbed Dam Farmers Welfare Association president Veerasenan alleged that coconut trees raised on survey numbers indicated in the chitta adangal alone were been considered for relief whereas several farmers had raised the trees on their backyard on natham poromboke and other category of lands.R