Uganda: Agricultural Insurance Takeup Slows

Jun 30, 2017 | The Monitor; All Africa

A slow sensitisation drive is affecting uptake of agricultural insurance in Uganda, the Agro Consortium has revealed.

"Sensitisation is our challenge because we lack the kind of resources we need to do mass awareness. What we have done so far has been funded by the government but it is not enough," Agro Consortium technical manager Muntaradzi Daka, told journalists early this week at Uganda Insurers' Association (UIA) offices in Kampala. Statistics from the consortium indicate that the amount of insurance cover accorded to farmers is Shs72.5b. About 23,000 farmers, majorly small scale farmers, have taken on the scheme, against the targeted 50,000 by the end of July this year. According to Mr Daka, the consortium will not be able to meet its target because of delays in implementing the scheme. According to UIA, the government introduced the Uganda Insurance Agriculture Scheme as an insurance subsidy programme for both small and large scale farmers and farmers in high risk areas. Read more on All Africa. Source: All Africa