Separate insurance scheme for jumbo crop damages mooted

A Cabinet memorandum will be submitted to obtain approval for the enforcement of a separate insurance scheme for crop damages caused by wild elephants.

Wildlife Ministry Secretary R.M.D.B.Meegasmulla told Daily News that it was expected to introduce a new insurance scheme to pay compensation for crop damages by wild elephants invading villages.

There should be a separate insurance scheme to pay compensation for crop damages committed by wild elephants. Recently we have had discussions with the Wildlife, Agriculture and Forest Conservation officials including the Agrarian Services Development and Mahaweli authorities along with Agriculture and Agrarian Services Insurance Board with regard to the implementation of a compensation scheme for the damages to crops by elephants, Meegasmulla said.

Wanninayake said that although there is the compensation payment scheme for farmers to cover damages in general caused by the wild elephants,there is no insurance methodology to pay compensation for crop damages.

He said further that there is a general compensation payment scheme in effect in 18 districts for damages caused by wild elephants to human life and properties of farmers.

Anuradhapura District Secretary R.M.Wanninayake said a large number of applications are received requesting compensation for crop damages caused by elephants. 

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