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Agriculture Insurance : By Next Year, Gujarat Mango Growers will Get Crop Insurance

Dedicated Initiative for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (DISHA), set to offer farmers crop insurance, in a first of its kind initiative in Gujarat. Gujarat-based special purpose vehicle (SPV) DISHA is in talks with the state government to provide insurance for mango crops.

Nitin Macwan, executive director, DISHA, said that the survey required before insurance can be provided is being carried out in a 200-acre area, through the use of drones and other technology. A report on the same will be presented to the government in July and we will probably be able to bring in the measure by the next year. The survey will allow the government to understand the risks associated with farming mangoes, right from the flowering stage.

A multi-stakeholder company, DISHA is procuring mangoes from farmers in Amreli, Una, Dharampur, Kaparada, Vasda, Chikhli, Panikhadak among others and selling it all over the state.

DISHA want to support the small and medium-sized farmers, who are tricked by the middlemen and end up losing out a lot of money. DISHA provides non-pesticide training to the farmers in order to produce mangoes which are free from carbide.