Crop damages in animal attacks put under PMFBY on pilot basis: Agri Minister

The Union government has decided to cover damages to crops in wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis

Several parliamentarians have been raising this issue from time to time and demanding insurance cover for damages to the crops in animal attacks under the Centre’s scheme.

The government has also brought under the PMFBY ambit certain horticultural crops on an experimental basis, the minister said.

Singh said damages to individual or limited number of cultivators in localised events like water logging, land slide, hailstorms etc did not fall under the ambit of the Centre’s crop insurance scheme earlier, but they too are being covered now under new provisions.

The provisions of the crop insurance scheme have been amended in consultation with various stakeholders after a review of its working for the last two years, the minister said, adding the amended provisions of the scheme have been implemented from October 2018.

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