Agriculture Officers in Haryana oppose working for Crop Insurance Scheme
CHANDIGARH: Agriculture officers of Haryana have accused the state government of putting undue pressure on them to comply with the Crop Insurance scheme of the central government. The Agriculture Development Officers (ADO) association held a meeting at Hisar on Saturday and criticized the state government.
ADOs in the state have been assigned the crop cutting experiment (CCE) under the scheme. CCE is being used to assess the insurance amount for the farmers in each village.
It is worthwhile to mention that the government has earlier decided to rope in a private firm for the CCE. However, it could be materialized due to some technical differences between the government and the private firm.
The agriculture officers have already been overburdened with various activities including collecting samples under the Prime Minister’s soil health card scheme. On the other hand, in many places, the farmers of the state have started the harvesting of crops.
“It would be difficult on our part to assess the crop insurance under the Crop Cutting Experiment in a very hurried manner. A hurried exercise would ultimately lead to an illegitimate process, thereby resulting in to losses for the farmers in the state,” said the president of the association, Shusil Goyat.
CCE is a technical process which needs the assistance of the revenue officials for carrying them out.
Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is a major flagship programme of the central government to provide insurance coverage to farmers across the country.