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Sikkim becomes 1st Indian state to cover crop loss caused by wild animals

GANGTOK: In a matter of great pride for the Northeast Indian region, Sikkim has become the first state in India to cover crop loss caused by animals under a central government scheme.

In a tweet sent out from the official handle of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, it was reported that the Himalayan state has become the first state under PMFBY to cover crop loss done by wild animals.

“We are proud to announce that Sikkim becomes the first state under PMFBY which will cover crop loss done by wild animals”, the tweet read.

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PMFBY has been instituted by the Centre to provide insurance cover against the failure of the crop thus helping in stabilizing the income of the farmers.

The Scheme covers all Food and oilseeds crops and annual commercial/horticultural crops for which past yield data is available and for which requisite number of Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs) are being conducted under the General Crop Estimation Survey (GCES).

It aims to reduce the premium burden on farmers and ensure early settlement of crop assurance claim for the full insured sum.

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