Trichy: In an attempt to bring more number of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) crop insurance scheme, the agriculture department has organised awareness campaigns at the village level in delta districts.
Enrolment rate for the scheme has been low owing to a positive outlook for the north east monsoon and good water level in the Mettur reservoir. The awareness campaign has been organised to overcome the deadlock, the agriculture department has taken various initiative, including a direct visit to the farming community.
Various stakeholders including representatives of common service centres, banks, primary agricultural co-operative credit societies (PACCS), progressive farmers and elected representatives took part in the campaign. As samba paddy cultivation is gaining momentum in the district, coupled with good storage in Mettur reservoir and a good monsoon forecast, the officials from the agriculture department are positive about an area coverage of over 1.25 lakh acres under paddy and achieving the district's food grain production target of 4.07 lakh metric tonne.
According to the officials, the PMFBY crop insurance scheme gives farmers hope that they would be adequately compensated when nature plays havoc with crops.
A total of 385 revenue villages have been notified and also the crops to be covered under insurance at the village level. The premium to be paid by the farmers is subsidised, said A Shankar, zonal officer from the directorate of agriculture and deputy director (fertilizer).
While addressing the farmers at an awareness campaign conducted at Pappakuruchi and Samayapuram villages in Trichy, he said, "Intensive campaigns have been organised to cover all the villages of the district so as to cover maximum number of farmers under the crop insurance scheme. All loanee farmers should compulsorily seek cover under the scheme but it is optional for non-loanee farmers. The last date for enrolment for samba paddy crop is November 30," he said.
Joint director of agriculture S M Uduman Mohideen, deputy director of agriculture (state schemes) R Santhanakrishnan and deputy director A Periyakaruppan also participated.