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Adaptability of Crop Insurance Schemes in Tamil Nadu


  • Mani, K.
  • Chandrasekaran, M.
  • Selvanayaki, S.


The experiences gained in the execution of various crop insurance products in India have been described along with the ways to redesign the strategies for effective implementation of such crop insurance products. The study is based on the data collected from 90 farmers covered under National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) in three selected districts in Tamil Nadu, viz. Nagappattinam, Vellore and Madurai and 30 farmers covered under Varsha Bima, a weather-based insurance product in the Nagapattinam district. The major problems in the implementation of NAIS, as indicated by respondents, are: poor awareness about the scheme, delay in settlement of claims, complex procedure, high premium rate and wide variation between yields of actual and crop-cutting experiment farms. In the case of Varsha Bima scheme implemented in the Nagapattinam district, the major problems faced by the farmers are: non – availability of the benefit since the implementation of the scheme, poor awareness about the details of weather insurance schemes, high premium rate and wide variation in rainfall between the farm and the Reference Weather Station. The study has offered several suggestions, based on farmers’ perceptions, to refine the existing crop insurance schemes in India.

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  • Mani, K. & Chandrasekaran, M. & Selvanayaki, S., 2012. "Adaptability of Crop Insurance Schemes in Tamil Nadu," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 25(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:137353

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    1. Reyes, Celia M. & Mina, Christian D. & Agbon, Adrian D. & Gloria, Reneli Ann B., 2017. "Agricultural Insurance Program: Lessons from Different Country Experiences," Discussion Papers DP 2017-02, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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    Agricultural risk; crop insurance; weather-based insurance scheme; Tamil Nadu; Agricultural and Food Policy; Q18; D62; G22;

    JEL classification:

    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies


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