Insurance for Banana, tapioca, onion crops

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Tiruchirapalli, Aug 7(UNI) About 557 acres of banana, 476 acres of tapioca and 3,108 acres of onion crops in Tiruchirapalli district would be brought under the crop insurance scheme being implemented with 50 per cent government subsidy, according to Deputy Director of Horticulture S Robert Vincent.

In a statement here today, he said Banana growers in Musiri, Andhanallur, Lalgudi, Tiruverambur and Manachanallur taluks, tapioca growers in Thuraiyur and Uppilliyapuram taluks and onion-growers in Manachanallur, Thuraiyur, Uppilliyapuram, Thottiyam and Pullampadi taluks can avail of the scheme.

Mr Vincent also said that farmers who had obtained crop loans from banks would be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent on the premium for the insurance cover and those who have not taken loans would be eligible for 55 per cent.

He said about 428 hectares would be covered under vegetable crops under the Integrated Horticulture Development Scheme in the district. Under the scheme, farmers would be provided quality seeds at 50 per cent subsidy.

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