Shivdas Meena, Commissioner for Agriculture, on Tuesday appealed to the agriculture and revenue department officials of Thanjavur district to create awareness of crop insurance package announced by the State government.

He reviewed the implementation of second samba package announced by the government. He said that the last date for enrolment of non-loanee farmers in the crop insurance scheme is December 15.

The government is paying the entire premium of Rs.174 an acre and the farmer would get Rs.8,692 an acre as insurance benefit. He also asked the officials to create awareness among farmers of the subsidy given for diesel and pipelines.

K.Baskaran, Collector, S. Suresh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, and Mohammed Yahiya, Joint Director of Agriculture, participated.

The Collector explained to the commissioner about the steps taken to enrol non-loanee farmers.

He said that primary agriculture co-operative societies have been asked to give them chita and other documents, and enrol them getting their signature in the application form for registration under the insurance scheme. Nearly, 80,000 farmers are expected to benefit from the scheme.