EBONYI-The Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, NAIC, has called on Smallholders Women Farmers, including farmers at all levels to take advantage of the Corporation’s insurance services to enable them make enduring impacts in the Agricultural Sector.
The Branch Manager of NAIC, Abakaliki, Mr. Olisa Mokelu stated this during the Community Participatory Assessment of Government Expenditure on Agriculture (National and State Level) /Community Score cards on Smallholder Women Farmers Access to Agricultural Insurance Services, which took place at SMEDAN Office, Abakaliki.
The Programme was organized by Participatory Development Alternatives, PDA with support from ActionAid Nigeria.
Mokelu who expressed dismay over the low data base of insurance by Smallholders Women Farmers in the State noted that farmers without any form of insurance Scheme stand the risk of facing so many uncertainties within the Agricultural Sector.
Making his presentation, Okocha John Otu, Sponsorship Officer, Participatory Development Alternatives (PDA) listed the objectives of the Community Participatory Assessment on Agriculture (National and State Level) /Community Score cards on Smallholder Women Farmers Access to Agricultural Insurance Services to include: identify the Government’s agricultural insurance Scheme, to assess the extent the objectives of the Government’s agricultural insurance Scheme have achieved, to determine if Smallholders especially women were involved in the design and priority setting for funding areas as criteria for accessing such agricultural insurance Scheme.
Others are to generate information on the quality of Public service provision and also identity budgetary allocation against actual expenditure insurance, among others.
According to Otu, Women Farmers challenges of using Government Agricultural Insurance scheme in Nigeria are enormous but will be addressed as time passes by.
“Some of these challenges are Low/level of sensitization and awareness about GAI, lack of knowledge on how to access GAI, weak synergy between NAIC, extension Agencies and Ministry of Agriculture, stringency of Government Agricultural Insurance policy make access difficult, non-coverage of Agricultural crop destroyed by cattle by GAI Scheme, poor publicity on NAIC activities, non-compensation by NAIC to SHWF who were insured and suffered losses.”
One of the participants, Chinyere Agbafor, SWOFON, Ebonyi State Chapter stressed that the idea of Agricultural insurance was excellent as it would guarantee the investment of farmers at all levels.
Participants were drawn from the 3 senatorial zones of Ebonyi State.