Rwandan government looking to extend agricultural insurance program

Jul 24, 2013

Since its launch last year, up to 50,000 Rwandan farmers in pilot regions have so far insured their crops with the government-backed Hinga Urishingiwe farmers insurance scheme, an official has revealed.

Since its launch last year, up to 50,000 Rwandan farmers in pilot regions have so far insured their crops with the government-backed Hinga Urishingiwe farmers insurance scheme, an official has revealed.

The ministry's permanent secretary Ernest Ruzindaza told the New Times on Thursday (July 18th) that the next step was to extend the scheme to the rest of Rwanda, urging farmers to embrace it.

He said that besides
providing
compensation in case of loss as a result of changing weather patterns, the scheme also helps empower beneficiaries with knowledge and information related to farming.

"As a result we have seen production increase tremendously in areas where residents have embraced this scheme," he said.

Farmers insurance can protect the farmer against losses linked to natural disasters such as floods, fire or drought.

It can help farmers access
credit more easily by increasing guarantees for producers. It can also help
stabilise
their income and
increase
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