Faced with two consecutive drought years, the Centre on Wednesday cleared a crop insurance scheme under which farmers’ premium has been kept at a maximum of 2% for foodgrains and oilseeds and up to 5% for horticulture/cotton crops.
To be rolled out from the Kharif season this year, the much-awaited scheme – Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) – was cleared at the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PMFBY will replace the existing two schemes National Agricultural Insurance Scheme as well as Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) which have had some inherent drawbacks.
“The cabinet has cleared the Agriculture Ministry’s proposal on new crop insurance scheme,” sources said. It has approved farmers’ premium between 1.5 to 2% for foodgrains and oilseeds crops, and up to 5% for horticultural and cotton crops, they said.
The farmers’ premium will be 1.5% for rabi foodgrains and oilseeds crops, while 2% for Kharif foodgrains and oilseeds crops. For horticultural and cotton crops it has been fixed up to 5% for both the seasons.
According to sources, PMFBY will increase the insurance coverage to 50% of the total crop area of 194.40 million hectares from the existing level of about 25-27% crop area. The expenditure is expected to be around Rs 9,500 crore.
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