Farmers can apply for compensation within 72 hours of losses, one month after sowing the seeds or 15 days before harvesting and within 72 hours of post harvest losses

Agartala: In a move to help the farmers overcome the situations and losses, Tripura government has decided to compensate farmers who could not cultivate or harvest the crops in time under the ‘Mukhyomantri Fasal Bima Yojana’.

Speaking at a press conference, agriculture and farmers welfare minister Pranajit Singha Roy said that the a total 2,04,355 lakhs paddy cultivators have come under ‘Mukhya Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ scheme this year, which is 467% in compared to the previous year.

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“A total of 36,004 farmers registered themselves in 2019-20 and till date, total 2,800 farmers have received an amount of Rs 41.27 lakh as compensation,” Singha Roy said.

He also said that a total of 1.45 lakh farmers applied for farmers loan, of which, 70,316 farmers got approval and received Rs 226.78 crore as loan. Of the 70,316 farmers, 44,824 got Rs 143.95 crore as loan, while in 2019, around 55,407 farmers received a loan amount of Rs 248.58 crore.

Speaking further he said that the state has faced difficulties and losses due to the pandemic. However, the state government has initiated measures to support the farmers with all the flagship schemes of the state and Centre.

“We have decided to compensate the farmers who could not cultivate due to unavoidable reasons. The concerned officials have been asked to take required steps to clear the compensation,” Singha Roy added.

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He also said that farmers can apply for compensation under certain criteria and conditions. “The farmers can apply even 15 days after the date of registration, i.e. August 15. Farmers can apply for compensation within 72 hours of losses, one month after sowing the seeds or 15 days before harvesting and within 72 hours of post harvest losses,” Singha Roy said.

Speaking further he said that the state government has procured 8 mt of paddy of the target 20 mt amidst the pandemic at a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 18.15 from the farmers.

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“We have exported over 2,000 mt of pineapple from the state including 10 mt to Dubai amidst the pandemic. The farmers have received Rs 29 per kg for queen pineapple and Rs 13 for kew pineapple,” Singha Roy added.

Speaking further, he said that the state government has so far opened 14 Krishak Bandhu Kendras, while four more are ready to be inaugurated.

“Unlike the previous government, we have all records of all produced and sold items. So far, 2,000 hectares of land have been converted into pineapple fields, while Rs 43,750 per hectare have been given to the farmers,” the minister added.

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