Over 90 lakh farmers have benefited from the crop insurance scheme during the Kharif season last year and the Rabi season in 2016-17 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The prime minister was informed that claims of over Rs 7,700 crore have already been paid to farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
Latest technology including smart phones, remote sensing, satellite data and drones are being used for fast data collection regarding crop insurance claims, said officials.
The meeting was convened by the prime minister to review the progress of two schemes related to agriculture sector.
With regard to Soil Health Cards, the prime minister was informed that 16 states and Union Territories have completed the first cycle of distribution and complete the remaining within this week.
At the meeting, PM Modi said appropriate checks should be undertaken for variation, both within a sampling grid, and across different soil testing labs.
This would help ensure quality in the reports, he added.
He emphasized that soil health cards should be printed in the local dialect of an area so that the farmers are able to read and understand them easily.
Prime minister said soil testing should eventually be possible through hand-held devices.
He urged the officials to explore the possibility of involving start-ups and entrepreneurs in this exercise.