During the months that Jonathan Malacarne spent traveling from village to village in rural Mozambique, the weather could be dry and dusty or soaking wet from heavy rain. Either way, people from the community would walk and ride bikes from miles away to meet under the shade of a tree or in a classroom to learn about insured maize seeds.
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced Monday several enhancements to insurance programs that will provide a more efficient level of coverage for livestock and dairy producers. These program improvements to the Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP), Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) and Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) programs take effect July 1, 2019.
Thousands of farmers in Rajkot on Thursday took out a protest march demanding payment of insurance after their crop failed owing to less than normal rainfall in the region. Non-payment of crop insurance has emerged as a major election issue in the Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions, where farmers are battling semi-drought and scarcity.
With the increasing intensity and frequency of severe weather events, volatile weather affects farmers and their crop more than ever before. According to Munich Re, 160 billion US $ in losses were caused by natural catastrophes in 2018, only half of them insured. The sustained drought which caused substantial agricultural losses and many wildfires was Europe’s most expensive natural disaster of the year.
Saskatchewan farmers will have access to record crop insurance coverage in 2019. Agriculture Minister David Marit announced that coverage levels for 2019 will increase to a record average of $230 per acre, up from $216 per acre in 2018. Premiums per acre are to increase by just 20 cents, increasing to an average of $8.61 per acre.
A Department of Agriculture official says the crop insurance coverage for hemp is not ready. Martin Barbre, USDA Risk Management Agency administrator, told the crop insurance industry this week that agents could discuss crop insurance with hemp farmers, but must tell them “there is no coverage at the present time.”
A leading agriculture information portal has urged farmers to sign up for new crop insurance against predicted crop failure due to the looming El-Nino-induced drought. The Farmers Voice warned farmers of the looming El Nino — a warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific which can lead to scorching weather in eastern and southern Africa. Up until recently, farmers in Zimbabwe could only insure against hail, fire or frost.
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