With only two days left for the non-loanee farmers to enrol in the crop insurance scheme announced by the State government under the samba package, farmers thronged Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Societies (PACCS) in Thanjavur district to enrol their names.
To make the process easy and to include all farmers, Collector K.Baskaran has told the village administrative officers to take the ‘chitta adangal’ to the society so that farmers can get their enrolment done in the respective societies.
Nearly 50 farmers have enrolled at Kalimedu Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society in Thanjavur block till Thursday. Mathiyalagan, a farmer from Vinnalodai village, who owns one acre of land, said that he came to know about the enrolment through public announcements made by administration.
Those who cultivate lands on lease have been asked to bring certificate from village administrative officer, and the Collector has asked all VAOs to stay in the villages for issuing necessary certificates .
A long queue of farmers was seen at Thennankudi village in Thanjavur block. According to the secretary of the society at the village, 133 farmers have enrolled till Thursday.
A.Vetriselvan, a farmer who owns four acres of land in his name and another four acres in his mother Selvi's name had enrolled for the insurance scheme at Thennankudi.
“This is an easy way of reaching out to farmers. Computer-generated ‘chittas’ have been sent by VAOs to all societies and farmers will not have any problem in enrolment . Handwritten ‘chittas’ were also being issued by VAOs . As the last date is December 15, we are working round the clock,” Mr.Baskaran said. Under the insurance scheme announced by the government, the State would pay the entire premium of Rs.174 per acre. Farmers would get a compensation of Rs.8,692 per acre in case of crop loss.
Besides this, a sum of Rs.5,000 would also be paid from Chief Minister's disaster relief fund in case of crop loss .
Totally a farmer will get Rs.13,692 per acre.