Union Govt Extends Deadline for Crop Insurance Registration To November 22
The State government, in a release, emphasized the importance of this decision in ensuring a more inclusive participation of farmers in the crop insurance scheme. Common service centers, vital for the registration process, will remain operational during the upcoming weekend, providing farmers with an opportunity to complete their enrollment.
In a significant development, the Union government has acceded to Tamil Nadu's appeal for an extension of the registration deadline under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The extension, granted in response to the state's request, now allows farmers cultivating samba, thaladi, and pisanam paddy crops an additional window until November 22, 2023, to enroll for crop insurance.
Acknowledging the challenges faced by farmers and the persistent efforts made by the government, this extension comes as a welcome relief for the agricultural community. The State government, in a release, emphasized the importance of this decision in ensuring a more inclusive participation of farmers in the crop insurance scheme. Common service centers, vital for the registration process, will remain operational during the upcoming weekend, providing farmers with an opportunity to complete their enrollment.
This development follows Tamil Nadu's prior appeal to the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, where the state sought an extension until November 30 for the enrolment of Paddy II (Special Season) on the National Crop Insurance Portal. The delayed onset of the northeast monsoon, inadequate rainfall, and challenges related to reservoir storage had prompted this request, as it impacted Paddy-II sowing and subsequent insurance coverage.
In light of these circumstances, the State's Commissioner of Agriculture highlighted the difficulties faced by farmers, including issues with the National Crop Insurance Portal and the disruption caused by holidays during Dussehra and Deepavali. The extension, now approved by the Union government, offers a crucial lifeline to farmers, ensuring they have adequate time to secure crop insurance for the ongoing season.
This decision is not only a testament to the responsiveness of the government to the needs of the agricultural community but also underscores the collaborative efforts required to address the challenges faced by farmers and ensure the success of crucial agricultural schemes.
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