India’s crop insurance program fanfare fades with shrinking coverage area

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The Narendra Modi government’s scheme was highly popular when it first launched but is getting smaller. India’s crop insurance program first launched two years ago. At that time, it was tremendously celebrated and highly popular. That said, this year it has experienced negative growth. The reason is that its coverage area has dropped to 24 percent of the gross cropped area (GCA) from 2017 to 2018. This is considerably smaller than the 2016 to 2017 year when it had been 30 percent of the GCA. The target for the crop…

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Crop insurance coverage spared 21,000 jobs in drought-plagued 2012

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A new Farm Credit Services of America reported the employment savings across four U.S. states. Farm Credit Services of America recently published a report about the difference crop insurance coverage made in the United States during 2012. That year, despite the worst droughts experienced in 2 decades, the insurance policies saved almost 21,000 jobs across four states. The 20-page report provides a breakdown offering insight regarding the crop insurance program history. The crop insurance coverage analysis dates back to the program’s beginning in the 1930s. It started with the Great…

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Federal crop insurance participation less likely among wealthy growers

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The farmers who are most likely to buy this coverage aren’t the ones who are making the most money. A new report showed farmers are less likely to use federal crop insurance if they are among the wealthiest. This coverage is meant to help protect growers against risks such as low output prices and crop failure. The American program has been experiencing steady growth since the 90s. Federal crop insurance is now the biggest individual producer supporting program under the farm bill of 2014. This trend in growing federal crop…

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South Asian Insurance industry suffering massive losses from cyclones

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Weather coverage segment may be seeing loss ratios as high as 100 percent. Damage to crops that has occurred as a result of cyclones could be leading to higher loss ratios in the weather South Asian insurance industries, with predictions that they could be as high as 100 percent, this year. Cyclone Phailin has caused a tremendous loss ratio this year when it struck in October. The crop damage that was caused by Cyclone Phailin when it struck the coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh early in October may lead…

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Crop insurance subsidy could come to an end for tobacco farmers

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Growers of these plants in Kentucky are strongly opposed to this new proposal to end their programs. An amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill was proposed, this week, by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), which would eliminate eight of the USDA tobacco crop insurance programs. This has caused concern to the Council for Burley Tobacco, which has asked farmers to contact their Senators. The council notified tobacco farmers of the changes that have been proposed for the crop insurance program and have requested that they contact…

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Crop insurance expansion approved by Senate panel

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The farm bill that would broaden the coverage has now received the approval from a U.S. panel. The Senate Agriculture Committee has just approved its version of the farm bill – the House is debating another – which would expand the reach of the federally subsidized crop insurance program and that will cost approximately $500 billion over a period of ten years. The bill will also make some limited cuts on the spending for the food stamps that are issued to the poor. The Senate bill is one thousand pages…

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Crop insurance up for reform in the US

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US lawmakers begin looking to reform crop insurance program In the U.S., federal lawmakers are working to renovate the country’s financial safety net for farmers. The federal crop insurance program is the most expensive part of this safety net and has long been a controversial subject among politicians and taxpayers alike. In 2012, the capabilities of the crop insurance program were put to the test by a severe drought that gripped much of the country. The drought caused an estimated $35 billion in damage in the Midwest, contributing to an…

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