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Govt launches insurance portal & weather alert system for farmers

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farmerThe government launched a web-portal on crop insurance  and weather alert service ‘NOWCAST’ for farmers.

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, “A number of applications which have been completed and passed through all the required checks and audits are now ready for nationwide rollout. Few of the services we launched include Insurance Portal and weather alert service NOWCAST.”

Insurance portal

The insurance portal – www.farmer.gov.in/insurance – has been developed to enter essential information under 3 major schemes viz. National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS), Modified National Insurance Scheme (MNAIS)  and Weather based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in an expeditious, accurate and non-repetitive manner. An Insurance Calculator has also been provided along with graphical dashboards with drill down facility down to notified units.

The farmers will be able to browse through data-base of agriculture insurance companies to get details of various insurance schemes notified in their area and premium applicable to them. Facility for online entry of various provisions of insurance schemes notified in different districts by the insurance companies and the concerned states would minimise errors and facilitate quick response to online query raised by farmers on different aspects of the scheme. Detailed procedure has also been given on the home page of the insurance portal.

In the second phase an online interface for filing insurance applications and scrutiny of the same by banks is also proposed to be developed.

NOWCAST

Under the innovative initiative NOWCAST, the extreme weather data originated from ndia Meteorological Department (IMD) is being moved to mKisan portal using a web service. From mKisan Portal warnings regarding extreme weather conditions are automatically and instantaneously transmitted by SMS to farmers located in affected district/blocks.

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