Government’s crop insurance scheme to cover crop loss in wild animal attacks

The Union Government has decided to cover damages done to crops in case of wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis.

The information was shared by Union Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh. The minister said that the government also brought certain horticultural crops under the ambit of Fasal Bima Yojna ambit on an experimental basis.

Key Highlights:-
1. The Government’s Fasal Bima Yojna did not previously cover damages incurred to an individual or a limited number of cultivators during unprecedented localised events such as waterlogging, landslide and hailstorms.
2. However, now under its new provisions, the protection scheme will cover all these events.
3. The provisions of the crop insurance scheme were amended in consultation with various stakeholders and the amendments have been implemented from this month.
4. The amended provisions also stipulate penalties in cases of delay in clearing the insurance claims for crop damages.

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