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Agricultural Insurance in India:A Perspective


  • Dr. A Amarender Reddy


The ongoing National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) along with experimental income insurance and weather insurance, is a good step forward to insure risk of millions of farmers whose livelihood depends on the pattern and distribution of monsoon rain in India. NAIS is based on area-yield approach and is suffering from low penetration and adverse selection with consequent high claim to premium ratio. With this backdrop, the paper reviews the innovative techniques in agricultural/rural insurance, which overcome some of the disadvantages of the above insurance and which advocate simple rainfall index insurance as a better alternative to the existing agricultural insurance scheme. The rainfall insurance is in practice in many countries for years and has been very simple to understand by a common farmer. It is put into practice with minimum existing resources with very little administrative and overhead costs. It also covers agricultural laborers and non-farm workers whose income is affected adversely by failure of rainfall and it is a very effective mechanism to increase insurance penetration ratio. The rainfall insurance is also more compatible with reinsurance practices, which make primary insurers cover their local/regional risks in catastrophic events by pooling their resources with reinsurance. The reinsurance agents can also effectively transfer their risks by issuing catastrophic bond/options like instruments in stock exchanges (NSE and BSE), as our stock markets are relatively well-developed and it may effectively fit into the portfolios of some of the fund managers and hedge funds.

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  • Dr. A Amarender Reddy, 2004. "Agricultural Insurance in India:A Perspective," The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(3), pages 36-45, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:03:y:2004:i:1:p:36-45

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