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Over 9 mn farmers benefited from crop insurance scheme in 2016-17: PM Modi

He said soil testing should eventually be possible through hand-held devices

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting to review the progress of Soil Health Cards and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting to review the progress of Soil Health Cards and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Photo: PTI

Over 90 lakh have benefited from the scheme during the Kharif season last year and the Rabi season in 2016-17, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister was told here on Monday.

The prime minister was informed that claims of over Rs 7,700 crore have already been paid to under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, according to a PMO statement.

Officials told the meeting that latest technology including smart phones, remote sensing, satellite data and drones are being used for speedy data collection with regard to claims, it added.

The meeting was convened by the prime minister to review the progress of two key schemes related to the agriculture sector - Soil Health Cards and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the statement said.

With regard to Soil Health Cards, the prime minister was informed that 16 states and have completed the first cycle of distribution and the remaining are likely to complete the same within weeks.

At the meeting, Modi said appropriate checks should be undertaken for variation, both within a sampling grid, and across different soil testing labs. This would help ensure quality in the reports, he added.

He emphasized that soil health cards should be printed in the local dialect of an area so that the are able to read and understand them easily, the statement said.

Encouraging the rapid adoption of latest technology, the prime minister said soil testing should eventually be possible through hand-held devices.

He urged the officials to explore the possibility of involving start-ups and entrepreneurs in this exercise.

Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, and PMO were present during the review meeting. 

First Published: Mon, August 21 2017. 15:29 IST
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