NEWS DESK: The enrolment of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for the Kharif-2020 season is going on in full swing in various States and UTs of the country. The government of India has made the enrolment free for all the farmers who only need to pay the premium amount. Farmers can get their food crops (cereals and oilseeds) insured at a minimal premium rate of 2% of sum insured, and commercial and horticulture crops at 5% of the sum insured in Kharif -2020. The remaining premium will be subsidised by the Centre Government and States. The cut-off date for the ongoing Kharif 2020 season in a few States/UTs may end by 31st July 2020.
In order to motivate the farmers, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has appealed to them to get enrolled under PMFBY through a video message and requested all the farmers to protect themselves against financial loss due to crop failures/damages as a result of natural disasters.
The Scheme ensures protection of crop loss for the entire cropping cycle, from pre-sowing to post-harvest activities. Farmers are encouraged to enroll for the Scheme at the earliest to avail the coverage against prevented sowing due to any unforeseen calamity. In addition, there is comprehensive risk coverage against drought, floods, inundation, landslides unseasonable rainfall, hailstorm, natural fires, and cyclone for the standing crop as well as coverage against hailstorm, cyclone and unseasonal rainfall for the post-harvest crop.
Any farmer who wishes to get enrolled under PMFBY should contact his nearest Bank, Primary Agricultural Credit Society, Common Service Centre (CSC)/ Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs), Office of Agriculture Dept, Representative of Insurance Company or directly online through the National Crop Insurance Portal (NCIP) at www.pmfby.gov.in and Crop Insurance App.
Farmers need to carry their Aadhaar number, bank passbook, land record/tenancy agreement, and self-declaration certificate to complete the enrolment process. This season, all farmers enrolled under the Scheme will be intimated about the status of their application through regular SMS on their registered mobile numbers.
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