20 Apr 2017
The Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation has urged the Centre to create awareness on Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (crop insurance scheme) among the farming community.
Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of banana stakeholders meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Salem, in the city on Wednesday, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation Ajeethan said the Federation has already made a representation to the Centre in this regard.
It is high time the Centre extend the crop insurance scheme to the extent of 10 years average revenue of the farmers and not on the yield.
The Federation has requested the Centre to offer drought relief to banana farmers to an extent of 50 % more than the cost of cultivation, he said.
Mr. Ajeethan said that Tamil Nadu is a major banana producing State in the country with about 2.12 lakh acres under banana cultivation. The more than 70,000 banana farmers produce about eight lakh million tonnes of banana, which is one third of the country’s total production per annum.
The farmers are under great stress in managing banana crop in the present severe drought conditions. The State has recorded a meagre 168.3 mm rainfall during the north-east monsoon period from the months from October to January, compared to the usual rainfall of 440 m.m.
Mr. Ajeethan said that drip irrigation is one of the best possible methods for protecting the standing crop. The State government has announced 100 % subsidy to small farmers and 75 % subsidy for big farmers for setting up drip irrigation system.
The farmers are under great stress in managing banana crop in the present drought conditions.
General Secretary , Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation