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Insure your farms, IFAD-VCDP urge Orumba farmers

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 FARMERS in Orumba South Local Government Council have been told to insure their farms so as to have something to fall back on when disasters occur.

  The Agric Production Officer of the International Fund for Agric Development (IFAD) and the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), Emmanuel Chukwukwelu stated this when he led the Anambra State Officer of Nigeria Agric Insurance Corporation (NAIC), Andrew Uzomah to talk to farmers in Omogho and Umunze respectively.

  According to Mr. Chukwukwelu, “When natural disasters occur, and your farms are either washed away by flood or a wild fire razes your farm, the least agencies and sympathisers do is to give you food stuff which you are expected to eat and it ends there. But when you insure your farms and such disasters occur, you will be paid compensation and through that, you will be able to start-off again.”

He therefore noted that it is important for farmers to know the benefits of insurance, hence IFAD-VCDP took it upon themselves to bring an insurer to them.

  On his part, Mr. Uzomah stated that the cries of farmers, who were affected by natural disasters in the 60s and 70s, necessitated the establishment of NAIC in 1987.

  In his words, “in 1975, federal government thought of ways to assisit farmers whose farms were affected by natural disasters and went into reserach. They later came up with an agric insurance that took off fully in 1987.

  There are several benefits farmers get from insuring their farms such as financial support, promotion of agric production among others.”

Mr. Uzomah further stated that disasters that farmers can insure against are flood, windstorm, ligthining, drought, pest invasion, invasion of farms by wild animals, etc.

  He informed that both the federal and state governments as a way of assisting farmers pay 50 percent of whatever premium farmers subscribe, while farmers pay the remaining 50 per cent.

  He condemned the notion that insurance companies don’t pay compensation, saying most farmers are dubious and sometimes attempts to swindle insurance companies. He added that there are procedures which farmers must go through so as to get their claims.

  One of the farmers, Raymond Okeke, noted that from what they have heard, it is important that they insure their farms so they will be able to get compensation when a natural disaster occurs.

  Others who spoke pleaded that their most pressing problem is invasion of their farms by cattle led by herdsmen, adding that it is worrisome that insurance does not cover such disasters. They urged governments at all levels to come to their aid as invasion of their farms have scared many away and it is not telling well on them economically.

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