Kerala govt allocates Rs 30 cr for crop insurance; many farmers still out

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Thiruvananthapuram: Agriculture minister P Prasad has informed that the state government has allocated Rs 30 crores for crop insurance. Those who are enrolled under the scheme will get their respective financial assistance through bank accounts, he added.

The crop insurance amount has been disbursed for protecting farmers from the impact of natural calamities induced crop loss.

The farmers in the state are in constant struggle with the changing climatic conditions. According to a section of farmers, the assistance given by the government for crop is meagre.

Most of the farmers in the state are involved in agriculture by relying on bank loans and local money lenders to sustain in the sector.

Agriculture minister said two months ago that state government is attempting to make the insurance farmer-friendly. 13,604 farmers in the state are covered under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, 51,658 under Weather-Based Insurance scheme and 29 lakhs have been registered for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojana.

2.04 lakh farmers are registered under the state crop insurance scheme and 19 lakh have membership in the farmers register of Krishi Bhavan. Meanwhile, reports said roughly around 12 lakh farmers in the state are still out of the insurance benefits.

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