Agartala, Jun 11, 2019: In a significant risk minimization drive, the BJP-IPFT Government in Tripura has decided to insure crops of farmers of the State free of cost. Speaking at a programme today, Agriculture Minister of Tripura, Pranajit Singha Roy said, the government of Tripura has identified 21,500 hectare of cropland as “High Risk” zones where every year natural calamities cause huge losses to the farmers.
The state government has decided to insure crops of those lands under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana free of cost so that no farmer will be exposed to incurring losses due to natural calamities in the next season, he added.
The Agriculture Minister, who inaugurated a workshop and awareness camp on Paddy procurement at Udaipur under Gomati district in Tripura, also said, this initiative would cost Rs 3 crore 17 lakh for the government. And as of now, altogether 504 farmers of Gomati district have been provided the insurance policies.
Speaking about the paddy procurement drive initiated last season, he said, the main aim of the government is to double the farmers income by 2022. Thus, the paddy procurement drive was started in the state from last year – for the first time since the new government took the charge. Last year, 10,400 metric ton paddy was procured by the FCI and during Rabi season, the limit has been decided of 10,000 metric ton, he told the gathering.