For many farmers in Rajasthan's Bundi district, the 2017 southwest monsoon season hasn’t been particularly impressive so far with rains being above normal in just two of the past seven weeks.
Just like in many other parts of the country, the main crops grown in the district are exposed to the vagaries of weather.
In the event of any loss to the standing crop, the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) would have come to the rescue of farmers in the region. However, if studies conducted by the not-for-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are to be believed and if the trend seen in 2016's Kharif season is any indication, the scheme is a non-starter for thousands of farmers in Bundi.
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