Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Covering of Crops under Crop Insurance Schemes, 29/12/2017

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Covering of Crops under Crop Insurance Schemes, 29/12/2017. The Government is presently implementing the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) and Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS) in the country. The PMFBY and RWBCIS envisage coverage of all food and oilseeds crop and commercial/horticultural crops. It is, however, the prerogative of the State Government/ Union Territory to select the crops which they want to be covered under the schemes. It needs to be ensured though in the case of PMFBY, which is a yield index based scheme, that yield data is available for the requisite number of years and that the State Government has the capacity to conduct requisite number of Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs). Similarly, in the case of RWBCIS, which is a weather index based scheme, the availability of past weather data and requisite infrastructure viz. Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) and Automatic Rain Gauge Stations (ARGs) needs to be ensured. In the case of CPIS, only coconut palm is covered and the scheme is presently available only in coconut growing States. State-wise details of crops covered under the crop insurance schemes during 2017-18 are Annexed.

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