Farmers want crop insurance benefits

By TheHindu on 17 Nov 2017 | read

Farmers owing allegiance to the Tamil Vivasayigal Sangam thronged the Collectorate here on Tuesday and sought probe into distribution of crop insurance benefits during 2015-16.

Its state president O.A. Narayanasamy said crop insurance benefits worth Rs. 29.42 crore was allocated to the district but expressed doubt whether the benefit would reach farmers.

Crop insurance benefit of around Rs. 3 crore was given to farmers of Ramachandrapuram in Vilathikulam taluk for damaged onion crop.

He said there were irregularities in allocation since many fields were left out during the survey to ascertain crop damage. No farmer, who suffered loss in raising crops like black gram, green gram and maize in 10 fircas including Vallanadu, Kadambur, Kayathar, Ottapidaram, Kalugumalai, Ilayarasanendal, Kovilpatti, Nalattinputhur and Ettayapuram was included in the list of beneficiaries.

Officials were reluctant to give the list of beneficiaries. If the insurance benefit was not given to all eligible farmers before November 20, they would show black flags to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy during MGR’s centenary celebration programme here on November 22. He also sought action against a private fertilizer dealer at Nagalapuram where spurious fertilizer was sold to farmers. Even after bringing the issue to the attention of officials, no action had been taken.

 Staff Reporter