With the last date for crop insurance for non-loanee farmers closing in , the Collector has urged all uninsured farmers to insure their crops.

The administration has organised special camps in coordination with cooperative, agriculture, and revenue departments to provide farmers with necessary records, including survey numbers and area to be insured. Collector T.Munusamy said that the government had provided 50 per cent subsidy for insurance premium last year. However, 100 per cent premium subsidy of Rs.174 and a slew of measures were announced this year in view of the distress in delta region.

Of the 1,35,000 hectares of Samba and Thaladi crop inundated by rains in October, over 1,19,000 hectare have been insured . With the last date for coverage falling on Saturday, farmers are urged to insure their fields as soon as possible. According to Mr.Munusamy, diesel subsidy of Rs.600 per acre has been announced for farmers, and three-phase supply is already under implementation in Mayiladuthurai division that banks on pump irrigation.

In areas, with poor bore irrigation potential, diesel subsidy is being provided to pump water from water bodies. One hundred per cent subsidy is being provided for buying 30 numbers of 6 meter-long pipes for pumping out water from the nearest water bodies. The Agricultural Engineering department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sikkal, has been engaged to enable sprinkler irrigation, Mr.Munusamy said. The last date for ‘loanee’ farmers to insure their crops is December 31.