Bhubaneswar: Eight crops for Kharif season-2022 and 9 crops for Rabi season 2022-23 would be covered under the crop insurance scheme. This was decided in the State Level Crop Insurance Coordination Committee meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra in Lokseba Bhawan Conference hall today wherein Special Secretary Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Chadha outlined the crop insurance work plan for the current year.
Reviewing the performances under crop insurance, Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra directed insurance companies to ensure a 100 per cent disbursal of all settled amounts directly to the bank accounts of the farmers within a couple of weeks. He emphasised, “Farmers’ issues cannot be delayed and all their genuine claims must be paid on priority”. He made it clear to the companies that any delay in this matter would be seriously viewed by the Government.
Further, Mahapatra directed the departments of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare and Odisha Space Application Center to prepare the plan for crop-wise ‘area and yield assessment’ through space technology.
Development Commission Pradeep Kumar Jena directed to choose from among the proven technologies and customize those as per the State’s agro-climatic zones. He also said that the satellite imagery would be quite helpful in data sanitization, evidence-based planning and wider coverage of crop insurance. It was decided that satellite verification of ‘crop area and yield’ would be done for all croplands from the coming year.
Discussions in the meeting showed that eight crops namely Paddy, Groundnut, Maize, Arhar, Ragi, Cotton, Ginger, and Turmeric would be insured during the Kharif 2022; and, nine crops namely paddy, groundnut, black-gram, green-gram, mustard, sunflower, sugarcane, potato, and onion would be insured for Rabi season. Generally, gram panchayat and urban local body would be the insurance unit for paddy, and the block would be the insurance unit for non-paddy crops. 31st July would be the cut-off date for enrolment of Kharif insurance.
Outgoing Director Agriculture Muthu Kumar appraised, “Crop insurance in the State is being done under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana ( PMBSY) with funding support from both the State and Central Government. Around 98 per cent of the premium amount against each crop is provided by Central and State Government on an equal basis, and about 2 per cent is contributed by the concerned farmer”. About 12.30 lakh farmers with 10.50 lakh hector cropland were enrolled during the Kharif season of 2021. The enrolment in the Rabi season of 2021-22 was around 0.34 lakh farmers and 0.41 hectors of cropland.
The Chief Secretary directed to bring more and more non-loanee farmers under the fold of PMBSY during the current Kharif and Rabi seasons.
Development Commissioner P.K. Jena, Principal Secretary Finance Vishal Kumar Dev, Secretary Cooperation and Special Secretary Agriculture Sanjeev Chadha, new incoming Director Agriculture Prem Chandra Choudhury along with senior officers of concerned departments and Insurance companies participated in the discussion.