Extreme rainfall resulted in crop loss in Goa: Minister

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Panaji: State Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik told the House on Monday that there was a loss to the crop due to extreme rainfall.
In a written reply responding to a joint question tabled by MLAs Vijai Sardesai, Cruz Silva and Carlose Fereira, Naik said that extreme rainfall has caused crop loss in the state. “Extreme forest fires and unusually high temperature have not caused major crop loss in the State since June 1, 2020 till date,” he said.
Responding to a question on forewarning to the farmers about weather, the minister said that there is no special plan or protocol for agriculture disaster risk management or crisis management with State Agromet Service Centres (IMD).
“However, the Agromet Advisory Bulletin for the State of Goa issued by Meteorological Centre, Goa and by ICAR-CCARI, Old Goa are disseminated to the farmers regularly to warn/ guide/ train about upcoming extreme weather events and mitigation measures to avoid crop loss,” he said.
Speaking about details of various crop insurance and cross loss compensation schemes, Naik said that the ”Shetkari Adhar Nidhi” is the scheme which provides compensation for crop loss, for all types of farmers.
“There is no crop loss compensation scheme especially for small farmers or farmers with small land holdings,’ he said.
He further said that the “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana(PMFBY)” is the flagship Crop insurance scheme by the Government of India, it aims to support production in agriculture by providing an affordable crop insurance product to ensure comprehensive risk cover for crops of farmers against all non-preventable natural risks from presowing to post-harvest stage.

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