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Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released the first detailed independent evaluation and analysis of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) – government’s flagship national agricultural insurance programme. Across the world, agriculture insurance is recognised as an important part of the safety net for farmers to deal with the impacts of extreme and unseasonal weather due to climate change.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is not suitable for vulnerable regions like Marathwada, finds the first detailed independent evaluation and analysis of government’s flagship programme,  released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) at Delhi. 

GOI introduced the Modified National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) and implemented it on pilot basis in 50 districts from the Rabi season 2010-11. From the Rabi season 2013-14, GOI merged MNAIS and WBCIS into a new programme, the National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP) replacing NAIS.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Crop Insurance Scheme, 18/07/2017. PMFBY envisages coverage of all food crops (cereals, millets and pulses), oilseeds and annual commercial/horticultural crops. Besides above perennial commercial/horticultural crops can be covered under RWBCIS and CPIS is being implemented for coconut growers. However, as per provisons of the schemes State/UT Governments notify the crops in their respective areas. Statewise details of crops notified under PMFBY and RWBCIS during 2016-17 are at Annexure-I.

Thanks to generous government subsidy of up to 8% of the sum assured, private general insurance companies have participated in the revamped crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana Among 7 States Accounting For 87.5% Of Deaths

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Compensation for loss of crops due to floods and drought, 10/04/2017.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of crop insurance schemes, 07/04/2017. State/Union Territory-wise tentative details of farmers insured/covered under PMFBY, RWBCIS including crop insurance component of UPIS, during 2016-17 are Annexed. As per tentative data available claims of Rs.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme, 10/03/2017. To provide financial support to the farmers in the event of crop failure as a result of natural calamities, Government has implemented various crop insurance schemes since 1985.

Agricultural productivity depends on several factors. These include the availability and quality of agricultural inputs such as land, water, seeds and fertilizers, access to agricultural credit and crop insurance, assurance of remunerative prices for agricultural produce, and storage and marketing infrastructure, among others.

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