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Fruit crops to get state insurance cover

Fruit crops in 18 districts in the state,including Pune,will now get a cover under the new Weather Based Horticultural Crop Insurance Scheme.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
November 7, 2011 1:52:13 am

Fruit crops in 18 districts in the state,including Pune,will now get a cover under the new Weather Based Horticultural Crop Insurance Scheme (WBHCIS). Farmers in Junnar,Indapur and Baramati taluks in Pune district will get insurance cover for pomegranate and grapes.

The decision,which was taken earlier this year by a committee headed by the state principal secretary,was announced by the agriculture department on Saturday. The scheme is being implemented on a pilot basis in about 67 taluks that have maximum area under the five selected fruit crops – banana,orange,pomegranate,grape and citrus.

“These crop suffer damages due to bad weather which run into crores of rupees. Horticulture crops are the worst hit. The scheme was designed after discussions with scientists and farmers’ representatives. Though it’s on a pilot basis,it’s being implemented on a large scale,” stated the government resolution.

According to sources in the agriculture department,it is the first time that an insurance scheme is launched with the government bearing 75 per cent of the premium amount.

“The central government will be bearing 25 per cent,state 50 per cent and the farmer will have to pay the rest of the premium amount,” a source said. About 80,000 hectares in the selected taluks would be covered under the scheme. The deadline for applying for the scheme is November 30.

The insurance cover would be different for different crops. For example,for grapes,the cover would be from November 1 to January 31 and for pomegranate,November 1 to March 31.

Weather Based Crop Insurance aims to mitigate the hardship of the insured farmers against the likelihood of financial loss on account of anticipated crop loss resulting from incidence of adverse conditions of weather parameters like rainfall,temperature,frost,humidity.

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