Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) aims to mitigate the hardships of the insured farmers against the financial loss owing to the anticipated crop loss resulting from adverse weather conditions relating torainfall, temperature, wind, humidity etc. WBCIS uses weather parameters as "proxy" for crop yields in compensating the cultivators for the deemed crop losses. Payout structures are developed to the extent of losses deemed to have been suffered using the weather triggers.
Coverage of Crops
All the farmers including sharecroppers and tenant farmers growing the notified crops in the notified areas are eligible for coverage under this scheme. However, farmers should have insurable interest on the insured crop. The non-loanee farmers are required to submit necessary documentary evidence of land records and/or applicable contract/ agreements details (in case of sharecroppers / tenant farmers).
All farmers availing Seasonal Agricultural Operations (SAO) loans from Financial Institutions (i.e. loanee farmers) for the crop(s) notified are compulsorily covered.
The Scheme is optional for the non-loanee farmers. They can choose between WBCIS and PMFBY, and also the insurance company based on their requirements.
Following major weather perils, which are deemed to cause "Adverse Weather Incidence", leading to crop loss, shall be covered under this scheme:
Risk period would ideally be from sowing to maturity of the crop. Risk period depending on the duration of the crop and the weather parameters chosen, could vary with individual crop and reference unit area. The risk period would be notified by the State Level Co-ordination Committee on Crop Insurance (SLCCCI) before the commencement of the same.
In the financial year 2016-17, BAGIC implemented RWBCIS in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana state.
In the financial year 2017-18, BAGIC implemented RWBCIS in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
In the current year we have implemented RWBCIS in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.