AP Govt introduces improvised crop insurance scheme

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Hyderabad, July 12 (UNI) For the first time in the country, the Andhra Pradesh government has introduced an improvised crop insurance scheme with village as a unit for assessment of crop loss in the entire state from this kharif season.

Releasing a brochure highlighting the benefits of the comprehensive insurance scheme here today, Agriculture Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said the state targetted to cover 45 lakh non-loanee and tenant farmers under the scheme, besides covering all the farmers who take loans from commercial and cooperative banks.

A cell has been created in the Agriculture department to cover all non-loanee farmers, he said.

Asserting that there was no fertiliser shortage in the state, he said sufficient quantity of all varieties of fertilisers were imported through the Visakhapatnam sea port.

He announced that suitable reward would be provided to those providing information relating to hoarding of fertilisers by ''unscruplous traders.'' UNI SM ROY PDT AS1959

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