Increased coverage due to State government’s intensive drive
At least 1.75 lakh more farmers in the Cauvery delta have been brought under the net of insurance cover for their samba crop.
During 2011-2012, around 3.5 lakh to 3.75 lakh farmers enrolled themselves with the authorities for crop insurance. For the current year, as per provisional figures, the number is 5.4 lakh.
The increased coverage has been attributed to the State government’s intensive drive to achieve universal coverage of farmers in the delta, which covers Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Tiruchi districts besides Chidambaram and Kattumannarkoil taluks of Cuddalore.
Exactly a month ago (December 5), Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced a package of measures to the delta farmers including the government’s decision to provide insurance cover to all farmers in the delta. As on that date, about 1.7 lakh farmers had gone in for crop insurance cover. When the deadline for insurance coverage was over on December 31, the figure was 5.4 lakh. Even this figure is provisional as some more proposals through banks have to reach the insurance authorities, says an official.
Of the five districts, Thanjavur accounts for a maximum number of farmers covered with about 1.89 lakh. The figures for other districts are Tiruvarur – 1.36 lakh; Nagagpattinam – 1.16 lakh; Cuddalore – 73,380 and Tiruchi – 26,130.
The achievement of such a large number was possible due to a combination of efforts by the Agriculture Department along with other agencies concerned including the district administration. As many as 1,217 facilitation centres were opened for enrolment of farmers for the insurance cover.
The other significant aspect is the coverage of non-loanee farmers for crop insurance. As regards loanee farmers, it is mandatory that they take insurance cover.
Of about 5.4 lakh farmers, non-loanee farmers account for 3.92 lakh. Towards universal coverage, the State government has remitted about Rs. 27.67 crore to the Agriculture Insurance Company of India. The per-acre sum insured had been kept at Rs. 8,692. Besides, under the State Disaster Relief Fund, compensation for paddy would hereafter be Rs. 5,000 per acre instead of the earlier Rs. 4,000 per acre to Rs. 5,000. Totally, the farmers, in the event of crop loss, would get Rs. 13,692 per acre.
The insurance cover has been taken under the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme and its modified version.
For current year, total number is 5.4 lakh Thanjavur accounts for maximum number
For current year, total number is 5.4 lakh
Thanjavur accounts for maximum number