Deadline extension for crop insurance sought
By Express News Service - BHUBANESWAR
08th August 2012 11:33 AM
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday requested the Centre to extend the last date of application for crop insurance coverage by farmers, who have not availed of loans, till August 31.
“To help the maximum number of farmers to avail of benefits provided under the Central crop insurance scheme, it is requested that the cut-off date for applying for insurance coverage by non-loanees may be further extended to August 31 (instead of August 14) under the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) during Kharif-2012,” Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Stating that agricultural operation was delayed in different parts of the State because of the delayed monsoon, the Chief Minister pointed out that farming had been adversely affected due to deficient rainfall.
The State has been implementing NAIS in all the districts barring 13 select blocks where Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme is being implemented. “These 13 blocks are severely drought-prone areas in Balangir and Nuapada districts,” Naveen said in the letter.
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