Paddy growers in Dakshina Kannada can enrol to claim crop insurance for this kharif season under the Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana till the end of July.

Earlier, the government had fixed June end as the last date for enrolment, an official release said.

While the insurance was mandatory to those who have availed a crop loan, farmeres without a loan could also claim insurance, the release said. Farmers under 172 gram panchayats except under Mangalore A hobli (city area) are eligible for enrolment. Agriculture Insurance Company of India implemented the scheme in Dakshina Kannada with an insurance amount of Rs. 30,909 per hectare. The premium amount is Rs. 618.18 (two per cent) per hectare during registration.

Farmers would have to inform the company within 48 hours of crop damage to claim the insurance.

Saplings for sale

Meanwhile, a release from the Department of Horticulture said that different varieties of saplings were available in its nurseries for sale to public. In its nursery at Padil in the city, saplings of Ullal-1 variety of cashew, coconut, mango and cocoa were available. In Puttur, saplings of jackfruit, black pepper, papaya, jasmine and drumstick were available in addition to the ones available at Padil.

People can visit the department’s nurseries at Thumbe, Vitla, Maddakka (Belthangady), Hosagadde (Sullia) and Charmadi to purchase them at the rates fixed by the department, the release added.

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