: Collector Anshul Mishra has appealed to farmers to insure their crops.

The failure of monsoon forced a majority of farmers to abruptly stop cultivation at different stages in the district.

By getting an insurance cover and remitting premium for the total extent of land, it would help farmers offset loss to a great extent.

Officials from the agriculture department and primary agriculture cooperative banks could be approached for details. The district administration surveyed the total extent of land covered under paddy and other crops.

Farmers urged the State government to declare Madurai district drought-hit and give them compensation adequately as in the case of delta farmers.

An agricultural official said that by remitting a meagre premium of less than Rs.200 per acre, a farmer would get Rs.8000 per acre as his claim.

The government announced to reimburse a portion of the premium remitted by farmers, he pointed out.