Under the Modified National Agriculture Insurance Scheme, compensation would be given for crop losses at the village level, instead of the usual block or firka level, according to R. Kirlosh Kumar, District Collector. The Collector further stated insurance cover would be available for kuruvai and samba paddy, pearl millets and groundnut for the 2013 kharif season.

For kuruvai or sornawari, paddy crop insurance cover would be Rs. 15,950 per acre for which the farmers would have to pay a premium of Rs. 335, excluding the grant component.

For availing of the benefit, the farmers would have to send in their applications on or before July 31, 2013.

For pearl millet (kharif), the insurance cover would be provided to the extent of Rs. 6,806 per acre for which the premium amount would be Rs. 163, excluding the grant component. The needy farmers could send in their applications before September 30.

For groundnut crops insurance cover would be available to the extent of Rs. 25,385 per acre for which the farmers would have to pay the premium of Rs. 620, excluding the grant component. The applications should be sent in before September 30.

For the samba paddy crop an insurance cover Rs. 10,100 per acre would be made available and for which the premium has been fixed at Rs. 606, excluding the grant component.

The last date for receiving applications is December 31.

The insurance cover could be obtained either through the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Societies (PACCSs) or the commercial banks. Further details could be obtained from the respective PACCS or bank branches or from the agricultural officers.

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