Agriculture: SFWF Launches Insurance Scheme for Small Farmers

9 years, 5 months ago - February 28, 2013
The Small Farmers Welfare Fund (SFWF) launched at Monday at Solitude, a medical insurance plan for small farmers.

"This is a coverage that smallholders have nothing to contribute, but will allow them to financial benefits," said Roopesh Bheekharry, Manager SFWF. Minister of Agro-Industry, Satish Faugoo also present, gave bags of fertilizers to small farmers whose crops have been affected during the recent bad weather.

This insurance plan is modeled on the "Group personal accident cover." It covers smallholders members SFWF 24 hours on 24 and has several advantages: an allowance of Rs 500 per day in case of technical unemployment up to a maximum of 15 days, their medical expenses are reimbursed up to a maximum of Rs 2 500, in case of disability, they get, depending on the degree of disability, a sum of Rs 17,500 in case of death, a sum of Rs 27,500 is offered to their families.

In his speech, the Minister congratulated Satish Faugoo smallholders to work "wonderful and amazing" they do despite the calamities that have struck in recent months. It is thanks to them that the country is self-sufficient in fresh vegetables for many years, supported the minister. "The government's focus is on food security. We want to become self-sufficient in strategic products. We can produce everything in Mauritius because of bad weather and also problems of space, for example, but we can improve our food security, "he said.

Mr. Faugoo reminded outgrower present numerous aid plans established by the government, but they would not know. He said recognizing there is a lack of communication at this level. "We need to improve communication so that each of you is aware of the measures that are in your favor," he said.

At this stage, the Minister has spilled over into politics to tell his audience that the Labour Party was created to defend the workers. " Tou tan nou finn done e zame fini done. Me si don plis isi bizin koup lezot kote "he said they, before recalling that Mauritius is the only country in the world where so many essential services are free to the public. He cited, among other things, health care, education, transportation for students and also for the elderly. Mr. Faugoo also talked about the provision of water supply and 100% and the granting of a grant for casting of slabs, in addition to the subsidies on household gas, flour and rice. " Kot sorti sa kas-la ? "Has he asked, adding that it is the contribution of the population to the economy that allows the government to provide these services for free. "Our country is rich or drifting but it does very well despite the economic difficulties in the world," he concluded.


Text by Le Mauricien

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