West Bengal government to use ISRO's remote sensing data to settle crop insurance claims

The bad weather and recent cyclone Amphan have contributed towards a loss of around Rs. 5,000 crores in the agriculture sector in West Bengal. To speed up the insurance settlement process, the state government will take the help of remote sensing technology.

West Bengal government to use ISRO's remote sensing data to settle crop insurance claims
West Bengal government to use ISRO's remote sensing data to settle crop insurance claims

West Bengal government to use ISRO's remote sensing data to settle crop insurance claims

West Bengal government will use remote sensing data of ISRO to settle crop insurance claims The bad weather and recent cyclone Amphan have contributed towards a loss of around Rs. 5,000 crores in the agriculture sector in West Bengal.

The massive loss to farmers due to Amphan needs to be compensated as early as possible. Although the early warnings have saved about 85% of crops, huge farmlands of cereals, nuts, jute, and corn have been destroyed.

To speed up the insurance settlement process, the state government will take the help of remote sensing technology. ISRO will help with its data to monitor and access the extent of loss to crops. 

NRSC data will be used to verify the destruction. Data acquired from the National Remote Sensing Centre will ensure early preparation of the report, which otherwise takes several months. The state Agricultural department claims that more than 21 lakh hectares of fertile land come under the crop insurance scheme.

It includes some of the commonly cultivated crops like aus paddy, aman paddy, and maize. The remote sensing data collection techniques will help in analyzing the amount of damage done during the Kharif season.

According to Ashis Banerjee, the state Agricultural Minister, taking the assistance of remotely sensed data will give not only accurate details but also provide on-time submission of data to the Agriculture Insurance Company of India. It will reduce the time spent on field visits to access the damages, and the farmers will get compensation early.

The insurance company has approved the process after a meeting with the department. Since the assessment of crop damage is a crucial step in insurance claims, it has to be carried out with precision. Remote sensing gives accurate data without wasting time. 

The state's Bangla Shasya Bima Scheme covers 46 lakh farmers for insurance. Introduced in 2019, the scheme runs smoothly with a budget of Rs. 450 crore. The insurance company has accepted this change in the procedure of damage assessment. 

Satellite and drone technology will access the damages in West Bengal. Modern techniques like satellite and drone monitoring will speed up the process of crop insurance claims. It will also remove any corruption or error at the local level. The accurate assessment will ensure a fair settlement to the farmers.

Many farmers never get the compensation they deserve due to corruption and time-consuming processes. This step will be a game-changer in such schemes. It will also encourage the farmers to insure their crops and farms.