Good news for the peasant fraternity. Over 45,000 farmers across the State have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for the Kharif-2017 season.
Ahu (autumn) paddy, Sali (winter) paddy, jute and black gram crops are the notified crops to have been covered under PMFBY during the Kharif-2017 season.
"This is the first time Kharif has been covered under the PMFBY in Assam. Besides, for the first time non-loanee farmers were also registered,” said Mowsam Hazarika, Assistant Director of agriculture department.
He added, “the number of loanee farmers registered across the State is 43,700. Besides, 1,747 non-loanee farmers have also been brought under it.”
The cut-off date for registration of farmers was July 31. “The progress has been good across all the districts. All the districts were divided into clusters for coverage under the scheme,” he said.
All the old 27 undivided districts of Assam have been compartmentalised into eight clusters for implementation of the scheme.
There is a District-Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the district and with members from the Agriculture Department, implementing agencies, banks and other concerned departments.
The committee’s task is to monitor implementation of the scheme by providing fortnightly crop condition reports and periodical reports on seasonal weather conditions, loans disbursed and extent of area cultivated. It also monitors Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs).
Specific districts or areas within the eight clusters were selected for each crop for implementation of the scheme.
Agriculture Insurance Company of India Ltd is the implementing agency for undivided Nagaon, Dima Hasao, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup, Baksa, Morigaon, Goalpara, undivided Sonitpur, Chirang and Dibrugarh districts.
HDFC Ergo General Insurance Company Ltd is implementing the scheme in undivided Sivasagar, Darrang, Nalbari, Jorhat, Bongaigaon and Karimganj districts.
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd is responsible for Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Barpeta, undivided Karbi Anglong, Cachar and Tinsukia districts.
Royal Sundaram General Insurance Company Ltd is the implementing agency in undivided Dhubri, Udalguri and Dhemaji districts.