The distribution of the much-awaited crop insurance for failed crops due to rain in 2012 began this week after the Centre cleared the first installment.
The National Agriculture Insurance (NAI),executing agency for the Centre that accepts premiums from farmers through banks,has released Rs 158 crore out of the total of Rs 278 crore.
The second installment is expected to be released soon.
We have begun distributing crop insurances to farmers, said B R Shah,state agriculture director. In the first phase,farmers in 18 of the 63 talukas affected in seven districts are being covered, he added.
The first phase will largely cover Saurashtra region and two talukas in central and north Gujarat.
The other affected talukas in central and north Gujarat will be covered in the second phase.
Most of the insurance amount released is for groundnut,followed by corn,maize and oil seeds.
For Porbandar,the most affected taluka according to insurance figures,over Rs 58 crore has been released,followed by over Rs 44 crore for Kesod taluka and Rs 32 crore for Maliya taluka. Junagadh taluka got Rs 31 crore while Jamnagar taluka is expected to get over Rs 32 crore.
Also,farmers in Bhiloda taluka in Sabarkantha district and Sanand in Ahmedabad district will be granted insurance for the failed maize crop in 2012.