The authorities were also asked to conduct weekly
review of the rain situation, agriculture, animal husbandry and various labour
based programmes. The CM also said that necessary loan facilities should be made
available to the farmers.
emphasis on the issue of drinking water, Naveen directed the district
authorities to facilitate water conservation in rural areas, continue water
supply through tankers and see that the tube-wells work properly, a release from
the Chief Minister's office said.
In order to
keep the farmers unaffected from the impacts of El Nino, Odisha has also decided
to implement National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) during the monsoon
crop season of 2014. The decision is taken in the State Level Coordination
Committee meeting, held on July 1, 2014, chaired by the Chief Secretary Jugal
to adopt the scheme during current Kahrif season is taken because it has the
scope of 100% crop insurance coverage with a lesser premium burden on farmers.
The premium is only around 2.5% of crop value of all major crops.
A subsidy up
to 10% has also been envisaged for small and marginal farmers having the
landholding of 2 hectares or less. The CS has directed the officials to make the
process less burdensome and more friendly for the farmers. As per the
provisions, it is decided that insurance enrolment will be done by Agricultural
Insurance Company of India Ltd.