The Manipur Loumi Lup on Monday pleaded to extend the last date for enrolment in crop insurance for Kharif season scheduled on July 31 in view of the prevailing unrest in the state, stating that many farmers are seeking refuge at various relief camps as their houses have been burned down and documents lost.
Manipur Loumi Lup, in a release, urged all the district agriculture officers to consider the inconveniences facing the people and extend the deadline for enrolment in crop insurance to the end of August month.
Residents whose homes have been burned down lost important relevant documents including land pattas and need time to apply for new documents, stated.
It lamented that farmers, despite trying, are unable to carry out farming activities as armed militants reportedly surround the agricultural lands. It also pointed out the shortage of urea fertilisers, adding that those who have begun cultivating crops are struggling to get adequate fertilisers.
It further mentioned that the insurance form requires a photo of the crops, which is nearly impossible as many have not been able to begin cultivation activities owing to the prevailing situation. It reiterated its appeal to consider the hardships facing the people and extend the deadline for enrolment in crop insurance to the end of August month.