Budget 2013: Tea sector seeks crop insurance and fertiliser subsidy

Coverage under Agriculture Crop Insurance schemes and subsidized fertilizers for tea sector, the two major demands of small tea growers in India are gaining momentum. The national apex body of small tea growers has made an appeal to the union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to incorporate the tea sector under these schemes in his next budget proposal.

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Crop insurance: farmers in a quandary

With just five days left for registering for the agricultural insurance, farmers who have taken land on lease are in a quandary as to whether they will be benefited anyway by the insurance for which the State Government is prepared to pay the entire premium. With prospects for samba crop looking bleak, this assumes great significance.

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Weather insurance: HDFC ERGO General Insurance to give weather insurance to Maharashtra farmers

HDFC ERGO General Insurance has been allowed by the Maharashtra government to implement Pilot Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) for Loanee and Non Loanee farmers for Rabi 2012-13.

The crops to be covered are Grapes in Sangli, Satara and Beed districts, Pomegranate in Buldhana, Aurangabad, Satara, Beed and Sangli districts, Banana in Akola, Buldhana, Aurangabad, Satara, Kolhapur, Parbhani , Beed and Sangli, Orange in Akola and Buldhana, Sweet Lime in Buldhana, Aurangabad, Parbhani and Beed, Guava in Buldhana and Aurangabad and Cashew in Kohlapur.

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