Shimla: To compensate apple growers for losses incurred to their crops in 2011-12 due to natural calamities, the Himachal Pradesh government will provide financial relief of Rs 24.47 crore under a crop insurance scheme.

State Horticulture Minister Narinder Bragta said on Thursday that the 'Climate Based Crop Insurance Scheme' is aimed at providing insurance cover to farmers in case of crop damage due to natural calamities.

The scheme was being implemented from the year 2009 for apple and mango crops and Rs 3.83 crore had been released to horticulturists in the year 2009-10 and Rs 8.07 crore had been cleared in the year 2010-11, an official release quoting Bragta said.

12,335 horticulturists were benefited with insurance cover for 13,86,503 apple and 20,379 mango plants in the year 2010-11, he added.


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