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Gov't developing crop, farm insurance programme

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:43 PM
J.C. Hutchinson - File photo

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson says the Government is in the process of developing a crop loss and farm insurance programme.

Making his Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Hutchinson noted that a concept document outlining the mechanism for the off-budget financing of the programme has been developed.

“Stakeholder consultation has commenced, and the second draft will be available soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hutchinson urged farming communities to adopt climate-smart procedures to provide water for farms.

“We recognise the need for climate-smart agriculture, so identify areas where ponds can be dug and pond liners installed to harvest rainwater or channel water from the roadways into ponds where it can be gravity-fed to farms,” he said.

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