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Farmers urged to embrace insurance as disasters destroy crops, livestock – The New Times

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Climate change-induced disasters have continued to hit farmers, affecting thousands of hectares of crops and livestock.

This is why the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources has encouraged farmers to take advantage of the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme to cushion them against such losses.

Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana made the remarks on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, during a press briefing in Kigali on activities in the agriculture and livestock sector.

The Minister said that the rains that poured last year (2019) in the farming season A which started in September, has so far destroyed crops on 3,900 hectares, and killed about 250 livestock which included some 150 cows.

However, Mukeshimana said that the ministry had not yet identified the number of hectares or livestock heads that had insurance coverage and those that had not.

She said that rice was the most affected crop in Gisagara and Bugesera districts.  

“We want farmers to use agriculture and livestock insurance especially as we had many disasters in these days,” she said.

However, Mukeshimana said in Gisagara District which was more affected by disasters, especially in rice…



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