A spokesperson of the Agriculture Department informed here today that due to heavy rains in July 2023, natural calamities like floods, cloud bursts, landslides have caused heavy losses in the state. In view of this, the last date for insurance of maize and paddy crops has been extended from 15th July, 2023 to 31st July, 2023 for the farmers (loan recipient and non-loan recipient) of the state under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
He said that apart from this, the last date for getting insurance for Kharif season 2023 for potato crop in Una district, cabbage in Chamba district and cauliflower crop in Hamirpur district has been fixed as 31st August, 2023 under the restructured Weather-Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). The last date for getting insurance for tomato crop in Kangra, Chamba, Shimla and Solan districts and for potato crop in Sirmaur district has been fixed as 31st July, 2023.
The State Government urges all eligible farmers, covered under the PMFBY and WBCIS schemes, to secure the appropriate insurance through the District Agriculture Department, concerned insurance company or the PMFBY portal before the defined date.