Tomar now said that the Central Government has made PMFBY simple and convenient as per the suggestions of the states
NEW DELHI, July 12 (The CONNECT) - Andhra Pradesh has decided to rejoin the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) which the State quit two years ago.
This follows talks between the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
With this decision, crops of more than 40 lakh farmers of the state will get insurance cover in case of natural calamity.
The State had earlier opted out of the scheme, along with many others, questioning the feasibility of PM Narendra Modi’s ambitious scheme.
Tomar now said that the Central Government has made PMFBY simple and convenient as per the suggestions of the states. The Central Government is working continuously with the States to improve the condition of farmers and make them prosperous and transform agriculture into advanced farming.
In the meeting, Reddy thanked the Central Government for re-implementing PMFBY in the state. He said that after discussion with the Center, the State Government has decided to provide the farmers of the State with crop insurance cover under the PMFBY.
Andhra Pradesh has decided to implement the PMFBY from Kharif-2019-20 season. The Central Government is committed to empower the farmers across the country including Andhra Pradesh by securing their income-livelihood and to realize the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) and self-reliant farmer.
Keeping in view the suggestions of Andhra Pradesh and other states, the Central Government revamped the scheme in February-2020 with new features, such as voluntary enrolment for farmers, wider use of technology in yield estimation, risk coverage to choose for payment of sum insured to the States as per the option and prevailing risk profile and a provision of 3% was made for administrative expenses.
On July 7, a team headed by the Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja also gave a presentation to the Chief Minister regarding the scheme.
PMFBY and Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) have been successfully implemented in Andhra Pradesh from Kharif-2016 to Kharif-2019.
Special Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Poonam Malakondaiah, Additional Secretary, Union Agriculture Ministry Abhilaksh Likhi also addressed today's meeting.