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CPI(M) demands one-time exemption of KCC loans to farmers who suffered losses due to snowfall

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Reiterates call for implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme

Srinagar, November 6: While demanding one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by recent massive snowfall in Kashmir, State Secretary CPI (M) Ghulam Nabi Malik today reiterated call for implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state.

Horticulture is the backbone of State’s economy and the heavy snowfall has dealt a blow to it. Not only 20 to 30 percent yet to be plucked fruit was damaged due to the snowfall, but it caused massive damage to fruit trees as well which will be difficult for farmers to compensate. We had raised the issue of implementation of CIS in the state in the Assembly time-and-again. Though the announcement of crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme is not implemented so far here, Malik said in a statement issued today.

“While then PDP-BJP government in the state implemented Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)in some areas of Jammu division nearly two years ago to give them cushion in times of natural calamities, the fruit growers and farmers in Kashmir are still waiting for the same. The lackadaisical approach of the then government has resulted in huge losses to farmers and growers in Kashmir as hailstorm, snowfall and drought has damaged orchards and fruit trees time and again,” he added.

While urging the government for immediate implementation of the PMFBY in Kashmir, he demanded that the state government must provide much needed succor to the ailing horticulture sector and disburse financial relief to the affected families without any delay. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succor of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries.

He called for debt relief to small farmers and grower, who have suffered huge losses and urged the Government of India (GoI) and Governor Satya Pal Malik to give one-time exemption in the recovery of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loans from farmers.

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