Among the measures announced by the State government in the Rs.69.88 crore package to save samba crop in the Cauvery delta districts, farmers have widely welcomed the insurance cover to be provided by the government by paying the entire premium so that a farmer can get Rs. 8,962 per acre in case of crop loss.

Coupled with this amount is the relief to be provided under the State disaster relief fund to the tune of Rs.4,000 to Rs.5,000 per acre making the total benefit to farmers Rs.13,692 per acre.“The government has brought all farmers under the insurance cover. This will achieve two things, farmers will know the importance of insurance and instead of asking for relief every time when they loose the crop, they will insure the crop and it will solve their problem,” opined farmers in the delta.

Except for loanees, who take co-operative loans, who are automatically covered under insurance as the premium is taken from their loan amount, there was not much awareness among non-loanee farmers of crop insurance

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