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As days go by, the impact of Cyclone Fani appears more severe

Earth Sciences, please click here to access Cyclone Fani: Odisha pegs losses at Rs.11,942 crore, The Hindu, 15 May, 2019, please click here to access  Cyclone Fani: Initial estimate pegs crop damage at Rs. 150 crore -Priscilla Jebaraj, The Hindu, 11 May, 2019, please click here to access  IIT Kharagpur professors behind life-saver shelters -Subhankar Chowdhury, The Telegraph, 6 May, 2019, please click here to access  &

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Cyclone Fani: Initial estimate pegs crop damage at Rs. 150 crore -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu 35 lakh poultry birds killed in Odisha The initial estimate of Cyclone Fani’s damage to standing crops in Odisha has been pegged at Rs. 150 crore, but the State Agriculture Department warns that the destruction of storage facilities and harvested crops stored in the open could further spike those losses. Low insurance penetration could also exacerbate farmers’ losses, especially in the poultry sector. “Because of the advance warning, it was possible to

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Bereft of cover

ennially drought-prone Jalna and Parbhani districts in Maharashtra has brought to the fore implementation lapses in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Farmers have not been compensated for crop damage, owing to multiple factors. Chief among these is irregularities in crop cutting experiments. The CCEs are meant to be carried in the presence of officials of the State revenue and agriculture departments as well as insurance companies, to asce

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PM Fasal Bima Yojana is suffering from low coverage since the last 2 years

otification of the crop covered under the PMFBY have also resulted in lower enrolment of farmers. The falling coverage under the PMFBY indicates that more farmers are vulnerable to natural disasters/ crop damage.   • Crop insurance is compulsory for loanee farmers. By linking crop insurance with short-term/ working capital crop loans, a policy is currently being pursued so as to generate interest among farmers about insurance. Such

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India's Cow Crisis Part 5: Penalty for abandoning cattle final nail in coffin -Jitendra

t to trade restrictions.   * In MP, abandoning cows is a punishable offence; districts collectors are authorised to book cow owners. Its legislature has debated over the menace and widespread crop damages in drought-prone areas like Bundelkhand * In Haryana, abandoning a cow can draw a penalty of Rs 5,100. Its effort to be the first stray cattle-free state included a plan to send the bovines to MP. * Recently UP Chief Minister Adityanath ord

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Fundamental flaws in crop insurance scheme's design makes it ineffective -Devinder Sharma

e the case of Haryana, where standing crops on 1.85 lakh acres across 15 districts were damaged in September due to heavy rains and resulting floods. Interestingly, while the revenue estimates of the crop damage are ready, the crop losses suffered do not tally with the crops that were insured by the private crop insurance companies. This is because the insurance companies just collected the premium amounts from the banks without actually doing a groun

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Farm loan waivers lead to fewer crop insurance policies -Prabhudatta Mishra & Prasanta Sahu

nd 2018 was despite the non-loanee farmers under PMFBY cover being around 1 crore during both the seasons. The shrinking of the PMFBY cover could mean that more farmers are vulnerable to disasters/crop damage. Already, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, which implemented farm loan waivers, have sought drought relief for farmers from the Centre. While pruning their capital expenditure, six states have implemented farm loan waivers of a tota

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Modi's Flagship Crop Insurance Scheme Wavering as Farmers Continue to Suffer -Bani Bedi

h; the Centre’s flagship crop insurance scheme for farmers. However, last week it was reported that farmers in Beed were provided compensation amounts of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 3 and Rs 5 for suffering crop damage. This is against a total of Rs 51.42 lakh that had been collected from farmers in the district. Yogesh Pande, a spokesperson for the Kolhapur-based farmers’ union Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna told NDTV, “The insurance companies

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Crop insurance shocker: Maharashtra farmers receive meagre Rs 1 to Rs 5 as compensation

ived Rs two each from the insurance company. Rs three each were deposited into the bank accounts of 50 farmers, while 702 farmers received Rs four each and 39 got Rs five each as compensation towards crop damage. The development comes amid the claim by the BJP-ruled state government about the submission of the highest number of applications for crop insurance from the district in which this tehsil is located. The Beed District Central Cooperativ

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1,648 people died every year during 1953-2016 due to floods or heavy showers, shows recent CWC data

rresponding figure was nearly 1,695 per annum.   Although a normal monsoon is considered as good for agriculture, excessive rainfall brings about huge losses to the economy, including crop damage. In value terms, the economic damage to crops in the country that was caused by floods or heavy showers amounted to Rs. 5,430.1 crore every year on an average during the period 2007-2016, whereas in the period 1997-2006, the corresponding figu

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