10 months ago
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14 Nov 16’
PMFBY PROBLEMS? HARYANA CROP CUTTING HALTED; TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE?
The introduction of the PMFBY insurance scheme in India this year has led to a widely reported increase in the uptake of agricultural insurance across the country.
The scheme has been welcome news to the Indian farming community who for many years has felt they were not compensated adequately or timely for losses incurred during the growing seasons. However, there are a number of aspects to be addressed before the scheme can be considered a success, most noteable is that of Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs).
CCEs ascertain the yield for notified crops under the scheme, which are then measured against the insurance threshold yields to determine payout levels. They must be undertaken on site prior to harvesting and pose a logistical burden in the timely and accurate collection of sensitive data, especially when they are required in such high volumes – tens of thousands of CCEs are required across the country.
Needless to say, technology has a role to play in reducing the logistical burden of planning, undertaking and collecting CCEs and the data they gather. So far, satellite imagery has been used to plan CCE schedules and the development of a new mobile app with geotagged photo capability should increase both the speed of performing each experiment and the confidence level in the data gathered. Yet there is more that could be done with existing data and crop models to reduce the need for such large volumes of CCEs whilst maintaining or improving accuracy.
In the meantime, avoiding headlines such as below is a priority for what many hope is a step change in agricultural insurance in India:
“It has also been decided that the work of CCE will be completely suspended until the required resources, trained manpower with enough budget is provided”—Sushi Goyat, President of ADO Associate, Haryana
via Times of India
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