Paddy, potato, ginger and maize to have agri-insurance cover

Shimla: On an experimental basis, ginger crop in Sirmuar district would be provided a crop insurance where as paddy, potato and maize crops would be covered under Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojna, top government officials disclosed.

After presiding over a state level crop coordination committee meeting, secretary agriculture Ram Subhag Singh said that for the current Kharif season it was mandatory that all those farmers who were interested in taking loan on standing crops of maize, paddy and potato had to compulsorily insure their crops.

These crops could be insured till 30th September and the facility on a experimental basis had also been extended for ginger crop in Sirmaur district, he added.

For other farmers the crop insurance scheme was optional which could be availed till end of July, said Subhag Singh.

The scheme had proved beneficial to farmers in compensating for the losses incurred on account of natural calamities and other causes, he said.

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