TAMIL NADU

Farmers of various associations urge government to withdraw new crop insurance scheme

Farmers of various associations expressed their displeasure over the new crop insurance scheme and urged the government to withdraw it at the grievances meet held here on Wednesday .

Under the new scheme, a farmer has to pay a premium of Rs.1, 300 per acre. The insurance companies, however, would pay only Rs.4, 442 as compensation even for fully damaged crops. Hence the new insurance policy should be withdrawn without any pre-condition, they said.

Farmers also alleged that Agriculture Department was biased against releasing subsidy for certified seeds, and wanted the Collector to resolve the issue and initiate action against erring officials. Collector T.Munusamy, who presided over the meet, assured them of action. The district secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, V.Subramanian said that though the water was released from Mettur dam on August 10, it was yet to reach the tail-end areas.

Hence farmers in such areas were unable to start agriculture operations. Mr.Subramanian also urged the district administration to make arrangements for proper maintenance of irrigation infrastructure. M.S.Mujubudeen, a farmer, demanded construction of a check dam at the Harichandra River at the earliest as announced by the Chief Minister at a cost of Rs.600 crore and also demanded supply of ADT 38 variety seeds to the farmers of Keezayur union living in the costal belt.

The Collector said the district had received 93.10 mm of rainfall during August against the normal average of 58.50 mm for the month. The normal cultivable land in the district was 1, 70,260 hectares.

The agriculture department has fixed a target of 36,000 hectares for kuruvai, 1, 18,900 hectares for samba, 20,000 hectares for thaladi, and 7,900 hectares for summer season. All primary agriculture co-operative societies and agriculture extension centres have adequate certified seeds and farmers must make use of them, the Collector said.