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Spain - Without insurance, greenhouses are vulnerable

“The frequent weather adversities, as well as the proliferation of pests and viruses, make it indispensable for producers to sign an insurance contract for horticultural crops under cover,” warned representatives of Coag Almeria. The organization argues for the need of producers to protect their farms with agricultural insurance. Coag assures that without an insurance policy, “greenhouses are vulnerable.”
The period for the contracting of an “Insurance for Horticultural Farms under Cover” was opened at the start of this month with noteworthy changes that will be beneficial to producers, and for whom it will become easier to protect their farms from inclement weather, viruses and pests.
This year, the Government of Andalusia has increased the subsidy for agricultural insurances, going from 40 to 70% of the subsidy they receive from Enesa,” explained Antonio Moreno, regional manager for Agricultural Insurances at Coag Andalucía, who reminded producers “that we are going through some difficult times, with weather adversities and diseases seriously affecting the stability of our agricultural activities. That is why signing an insurance policy must be a priority to all producers.”
The consequences of climate change are taking their toll on Almeria’s agricultural sector. In recent years, in particular, weather adversities are having a huge impact on Almeria’s agricultural sector. In recent campaigns, tornadoes and torrential rains, accompanied on many occasions by hail, have caused damages to hundreds of hectares of greenhouses, both to crops and infrastructure.
Another change to the rules is that the protection period for pepper crops has been increased from 8 to 10 months. Moreover, in the event of a virus incident in the first stages of the plant’s development taking place after 31 March, the producer will be compensated with the costs of seed and seedbed of the damaged plant.
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