Bhubaneswar, July 30 (LocalWire): As no deadline extension has been permitted to apply for Prime Minister’s crop insurance scheme despite summer storm ‘Fani’ damaging crops in Odisha, the state agriculture department has urged farmers to complete the online registration process by the earlier deadline of July 31 (Wednesday).
The crops eligible for insurance are maize/corn, millet, groundnut, arhar (harada) dal, cotton, ginger, turmeric, the state farm department said in a tweet.
Around 1.4 lakh hectare crop area was affected in Odisha due to Cyclone Fani that hit the state on May 3. The crops that were damaged were primarily rabi crops.
Along with Odisha, many states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu had demanded an extension of the deadline sighting natural disasters affecting their crops.
Odisha usually harvests wheat, ragi, maize, moong, biri, gram, field-pea, groundnut, mustard, til, every year during rabi season.
During 2018 kharif season, a total of 15 lakh farmers have registered under crop insurance with a total premium of Rs 1,102 crore.
Recently a target was set by the state government to provide insurance coverage for at least 22 lakh farmers for the kharif season 2019.
The crop insurance scheme is applied for both kharif and rabi season crops across India.
To apply for the crop insurance application, a farmer has to register on the website of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) which is the central government of crop insurance scheme, by providing details of their residential and bank account details.