During the previous government, for availing the insurance scheme, the farmers have to pay their share, while both State and Central governments used to pay their share.
The stage is set for the payment of crop insurance claims to the farmers for Kharif 2019 under the Free Crop Insurance Scheme on Tuesday.
This year, Cyclone Nivar forced many farmers to insure their crops. "As heavy rainfall was forecast for the district, farmers in delta blocks feared inundation and insured the crops," said a farmer.
During a debate on aquaculture and other Bills in the State Assembly on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said the State government will pay Rs 1,227 crore towards insurance claims for 2019 on December 15.
The Agriculture Department has issued advisories to farmers of southern districts to safeguard crops from heavy wind and enrol in crop insurance scheme immediately.
He pointed out that even claims from 2012 were not settled until the YSRC government came to power.
The State government has revamped the crop insurance scheme with an objective to cover more farmers and see that there is no financial burden on the farmers to pay the premium.
The official mentioned that the drone-based images are one of the important inputs in the models for crop yield estimation and validation.
"During the special season, natural calamities like cyclones and excessive rainfall may occur and this may lead to crop loss. The farmers can avoid losses if they insure their crops," said an official
No. of farmers enrolled for scheme went up from 16.7 lakh in 2018 to 25.7 lakh in 2019; it is expected to increase further.
The villagers suspected the role of VAO who is authorised to issue ‘adangal’, a mandatory document to insure crops.
Talking to reporters, Patel said the amount will be transferred into farmers' accounts by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan "with a single click".
Due to heavy rains and floods, farmers in 15 districts of the state were unable to pay the premium in time.
Under the new farm insurance scheme which is also considered as PMFBY 2.0, the government made major changes making it optional for farmers.
Small and marginal farmers who avail loan from banks would be thinking their crop would be automatically insured and would fail to pay premium.