Madhya Pradesh has settled and disbursed claims worth Rs 4,416 crore under the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the scheme at Sherpur in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh during the Farmers’ Convention held on February 18, 2016. “Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where the claims under Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance schemes are being disbursed,” Chouhan told farmers during the launch of distribution programme where claims worth Rs 341-crore were settled.
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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reiterated the state government’s commitment to make agriculture a profitable venture. “I know the problems being faced by farmers and their hardwork which is all blood and sweat. We have to make farming profitable. I have brought the roadmap to share with you. Continuous power supply is being provided to all parts of the state,” he added.
He said that irrigated land in Madhya Pradesh was 7.5 lakh hectares at the time of Independence and the same has now increased to 40 lakh hectares. Earlier, Minister for Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Gourishankar Bisen said that the crop insurance claim distribution is taking place in all the 51 districts of the state.
“The farmers who lost Kharif Crop in the year 2015 due to natural calamities are being benefitted under the Crop Insurance Scheme, first time in the country. This would benefit 40-lakh farmers,” he added. He informed that the crop insurance claim amount being distributed included Rs 400 crore at Sehore and Dewas, Rs 300 crore at Ujjain and Vidisha, Rs 200 crore at Rajgarh, Sagar, Hoshangabad, Shajapur, Mandsaur and Rs 100 crore at Raisen, Harda, Agar-Malwa, Narsinghpur, Neemuch, Betul and Indore.