Maharashtra: Over 7 lakh farmers call insurance firms to inform about crop damages due to excessive rain
Besides crop damage, the farmers also inform about washing away of their farm soil.
Farmers Call Insurance Firms Damages caused to cattle sheds and other issues.
More than seven lakh farmers in Maharashtra have call up
Insurance companies during the current monsoon season to inform about crop damage due to excessive rainfall, officials said.
Representatives of crop insurance companies need to personally visit the farms.
Assess the damages, and based on their report, the farmers will get the insurance amount, they said.
The figures could increase further as the data
Calls made during the weekend will be update in the system on Monday, the official said.
Besides crop damage, the farmers also informed about washing away of their farm soil.
Damages cause to cattle sheds and other issues, he said.
The number of such calls from farmers jump drastically after heavy rains lashed the state’s Marathwada region last week.
To a query, the official said, “We held a meeting with officials of the Union government last week and discussed the issue.
The central government has increase its technical support to help us accept more number of such calls in
The wake of the excessive downpour in the Marathwada region and north Maharashtra.
He said earlier, there were glitches in the system as the rise in.
The number of such calls from farmers would clog the phone lines or servers would be down.
But, with the help of the Union government, we have manage to address these issues.
Apart from phone calls, other options are also available which farmers can use to register their names with the insurance companies for damage survey.
Since the introduction of the crop insurance scheme for farmers.
It is necessary for the insurers to record every such call from cultivators.
Farmers can call up a number given by the insurance company.
Send an e-mail or call up the local revenue officer to inform about the crop damage.
They can also inform their local bank branch
Which further updates about their intimation call on the common portal to the state agriculture department.
The call has to be made within 72 hours of the crop damage faced by a farmer.
An app is also available for farmers to inform about crop damage.
Large-scale crop damages in about half a dozen states.
Due to recent unseasonal showers caused by deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, are causing serious concern.
Anecdotal data and information gather by FE from traders.
Farmers indicate harvest-ready crops such as cotton, groundnut, moong, tur, maize.
Even paddy have suffer serious damages due to the unexpected heavy rains amid the monsoon’s withdrawal in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka.
Damage to crop to hit farm returns
Preliminary estimates suggest that standing crops on up to 30 lakh hectares have suffer destruction.
Denting the chances of good returns for the farmers.
The arhtiyas (commission agents who serve as link between farmers and buyers) are either refusing to lift the crops from farmers.
Are offering prices that are far below minimum support prices (MSPs).
They cite poor quality of crops due to high moisture content.
This also explodes the myth that the mandi system, for all its limitations.
Is last resort to farmers in distress, thanks to a symbiotic.
Long-established relationship between arhtiyas and farmers.
Those who saved crops from submergence in earlier spell
Are still waiting for sunshine to dry those crops before they could start harvesting.
The crops are not getting sold or commanding very low prices at mandis.
Gujarat, the top producer state of groundnut.
Is witnessing poignant scenes of huge piles of oilseed crops languishing at the mandis in the open.
As desperate farmers seek to sell the crop as early as possible and earn something before the Navaratra festival.
As per government norms, groundnut having more than 8% moisture would be rejected for buying at MSP.
“So, even as the official procurement started from Wednesday.
We sold the initial crop in mandis at slightly lower prices than MSP due to moisture.
A farmer of Rajkot. Good- quality groundnut.