The Odisha government has announced that it will provide free crop insurance to all farmers in the state for the next three years. The announcement was made by Cooperation Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak after a review of his department by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
How the Scheme Will Work
The Cooperation Department will bear the premium of the insurance from the 2023 Kharif season to the 2025-26 Rabi season. This means that farmers will not have to pay any premium for the insurance coverage.
Who is Eligible for the Scheme?
The scheme is open to all farmers in the state who own cultivable land. The land must be registered in the name of the farmer or their spouse.
What Crops are Covered by the Scheme?
How to Apply for the Scheme
Farmers can apply for the scheme at any Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society (PACS) in the state. They will need to submit a copy of their land ownership documents and a photograph.
Benefits of the Scheme
The scheme will provide farmers with financial assistance in the event of crop failure due to natural calamities such as floods, droughts, and cyclones. This will help to protect farmers from financial losses and ensure that they can continue to produce food for the nation.
The scheme is a major step by the Odisha government to support farmers and boost agricultural production in the state. It is expected to benefit over 3 million farmers in the state.