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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Number of insured non-loanee farmers rise in 4 districts in Haryana

Ravinder Saini
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, September 8

The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has got a remarkable response in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts this kharif season, with a multi-fold increase in the number of non-loanee farmers compared to the last season.

Significantly, the figure of insured non-loanee farmers is the highest in the four districts since the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was launched in 2016. The increase in such farmers is more than seven times in Jhajjar, 3.8 times in Mahendragarh, 3.1 times in Rewari and 2.6 times in Rohtak.

Agricultural experts claim that the 'Mera Pani Meri Virasat' scheme, aiming to motivate farmers to switch over to alternative crops from paddy by giving them an incentive of Rs 7,000 per acre, and the rising interest of farmers towards the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to deal with the high risk involved in kharif crops due to uncertain weather conditions are the major reasons behind the increase in the number of non-loanee farmers this season.

"As the state government is to refund the premium amount of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana of the farmers enrolled in the Mera Pani Meri Virasat scheme, scores of farmers, who did not adopt the yojana earlier, have also registered themselves this time to get compensation free of cost, in case of crop loss," said Ram Kanwar, a retired agricultural scientist.

According to sources, 442 farmers have adopted the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Jhajjar for Kharif-2019 while the number is 3,154 this time. Similarly, the figure has risen to 2,568 from 821 in Rewari, to 1,438 from 533 in Rohtak and to 1,120 from 294 in Mahendragarh. However, the number of loanee farmers has diminished in all four districts this season due to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana being made optional.

"The number of loanee farmers enrolled in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana this season has reduced by over 7,000 in Mahendragarh, 6,800 in Rewari, 2,300 in Jhajjar and 1,700 in Rohtak. A total 47,225 loanee farmers in Mahendragarh, 40,154 in Rewari, 19,250 in Jhajjar and 18,209 in Rohtak have been enrolled under the PMFBY this season," said the sources.

Rohtash Singh, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Rohtak, claimed that a hefty compensation being distributed for the crop loss under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was the prime reason that farmers in large numbers were adopting it. He admitted that the Mera Pani Meri Virasat scheme was also one of the reasons.



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