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CACP to recommend ways to make crop insurance pro-farmer and effective in Punjab
Commission for Agricultural Cost and Prices (CACP) chairman Ashok Vishandass and member secretary, Shelja Sharma yesterday visited district Sri Muktsar Sahib to interact with farmers for making crop insurance scheme effective and pro-farmer.
The team has come to Chandigarh where the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal requested them to talk to farmers in Sri Muktsar Sahib district. The Deputy Commissioner Jaskiran Singh, agriculture department's director Mangal Singh Sandhu, Chief Agriculture Officer Beant Singh were also especially present.

The CACP chairman Ashok Vishandass said that the lacunae in crop insurance scheme are yet to make it pro-farmer. The commission would hence send its recommendations to the Government of India advocating that the crop insurance scheme be made better, effective and crafted in larger interest of the farming community.

He said that the farmers needed an insurance policy that could fulfill all expenses incurred on losses, the scheme should be long term and completely transparent. He said that during the losses incurred in natural calamities the farmers are paid compensation only of some of the input costs whereas the actual loss is much more than the compensation awarded.

He said that only a small portion of inputs is given to farmers while awarding compensation whereas the loss incurred is much more. He suggested that in such circumstances the farmers should be given compensation equal to his income during normal harvest season, which the insurance companies should compensate and to prepare proper policy in this context suggestion from commission, farmers and farm experts should be taken. So the commission was visiting different villages. The team visited villages of Jhabel Wali, Dodan Wali and talked to the farmers about problem of water logging.

The Deputy Commissioner Jaskiran Singh told commission about the problems district's farmer face. Director agriculture Mangal Singh Sandhu said that to improve the fertility of water-logging hit soil the Government of India should give farmers gypsum, green manure and machines to improve farm as farmers hit by water-logging for the past 20 years are unable to do anything. He advocated need based insurance scheme instead of season-hit insurance scheme for the farmers of Punjab.

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