Friday, September 30 2016 10:45
Naira Badalian

Minister of agriculture promises to reanimate program of agricultural insurance in Armenia

Minister of agriculture promises to reanimate program of agricultural  insurance in Armenia

ArmInfo. A pilot program of  agricultural insurance will be implemented in one of the Armenian  communities, Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Ignaty Arakelyan told  reporters on September 29. 

In his words, the agricultural sector is the most risky one. If he  pilot program is a success, we will find solutions to all problems of  farmers connected with the activity of anti-hail stations, pests and  others, Arakelyan said. 

In response to ArmInfo's question concerning the prospects of  introducing agricultural insurance in Armenia, the minister said it  is necessary to wait for the results of the pilot program to be  implemented in specific community and not in the entire industry as  it was planned before. He could not say however when specifically the  program will be implemented, as the talks with international  organizations for financing of the program are still underway.  

Earlier in May 2011, then prime minister Tigran Sargsyan said  introduction of agricultural insurance is inexpedient in Armenia, as  the sector comprises just small farms, while farmers will hardly make  insurance payments. Nevertheless, KfW Bank allocated 400,000 EUR this  year for development of a concept of agricultural insurance for  Armenia and Georgia. 

Yet in late 2014, Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan said at a  final press conference of the Ministry that in 2015 together with  INGO Armenia the Ministry planned to implement a pilot program of  cattle insurance in Vayots Dzor region. Where the inventory of the  cattle was over. He said no other insurance company agreed to  undertake such risks. 

Meantime, INGO Armenia executive officer is not pleased with the  results of the activity of the joint working group.  He said the  working group was set up in 2013. It comprised one employee of INGO  Armenia and 3 employees of the Ministry of Agriculture. The risks  were assessed. That was all the group did.  "Agricultural sector,  especially the one in Armenia, suffers high losses due to several  factors. The first is concentration of all risks on the not-large  territory.  Second is the risk of nearly all types of natural  calamities - floods, freezing, hails, and landslides. Agriculture  insurance in such case must be semi- compulsory so that at least  30%-50% of farms are insured. Otherwise, it is unreasonable to insure  the sector," Altunyan explained. German KfW Bank once expressed an  interest in such insurance product, but the company lost its interest  in the agricultural sector and the group was dissolved 5-6 months  ago. The insurer promised to return to this issue when "an element of  commerce emerges in the given sector and the insurance of the  agricultural sectors becomes economically substantiated. Otherwise,  the scientific research institutions should study the sector," he  said.

Hrachya Tspnetsyan, the Head of the Department for Agrarian  Development Programs, Ministry of Agriculture, in turn, told ArmInfo  "a great work has been carried out:" Possible risks were assessed,  the insurance premium was determined, 55%-70% of which will be paid  by the government or donor organizations, with the remaining will be  paid by farms.  "The next step is the implementation of the pilot  program, which requires 25-35 million drams, but we have no such  money yet," he said.  As regards the legislative base of introducing  agriculture insurance in Armenia, Tspnetsyan said, the work was based  on the Law On Insurance and Insurance Activity and on the programs  under the Strategy of Sustainable Development of Rural Communities  and Farms for 2015-2025. No conception has been approved yet, though  the German bank provided the funds for development of this document.   As the executive director of the only insurance companies involved in  the project said: "It is very likely that consultants received their  salaries, and there the matter dropped."

The current system of insurance legislation of Armenia enables  introducing the following agricultural insurance lines:  insurance of  harvest, animals,  industrial buildings and premises that are part of  the property insurance (Article 7.2.8 and 7.2.9 of the RA Law On  Insurance and Insurance Activity). At present, the operating  insurance companies have licenses for property insurance, but no  company provides agricultural insurance.

POST A COMMENT
Input digits     


News
Armenia`s banking system starts active lending to economy and  populationArmenia`s banking system starts active lending to economy and  population
Civil society to supervise procurement contract execution Civil society to supervise procurement contract execution 
Government property management effective last year - minister  Government property management effective last year - minister  
Armenia bans export of scrap metal, metal goods Armenia bans export of scrap metal, metal goods 
AraratBank completes placement of bonds ahead of scheduleAraratBank completes placement of bonds ahead of schedule
Armenia`s NA discusses turnover tax rate rise Armenia`s NA discusses turnover tax rate rise 
Tree Planting Results with My Forest Armenia: The Power of One DramTree Planting Results with My Forest Armenia: The Power of One Dram
World Bank expresses readiness to help Yerevan develop solid waste  management policyWorld Bank expresses readiness to help Yerevan develop solid waste  management policy
Your home is in Armenia – Ameriabank offers mortgage loans for the DiasporaYour home is in Armenia – Ameriabank offers mortgage loans for the Diaspora
Armenia`s electric energy exports down last year; possible evidence  of decline in real economy - expert Armenia`s electric energy exports down last year; possible evidence  of decline in real economy - expert 
Ameriabank`s Trade Finance portfolio enriched with four prestigious awards from EBRD and IFCAmeriabank`s Trade Finance portfolio enriched with four prestigious awards from EBRD and IFC
On Oct 4- 7, Yerevan to host WCIT for second time On Oct 4- 7, Yerevan to host WCIT for second time 
Mirzoyan began his speech at International Conference on Nuclear  Security by expressing condolences to IranMirzoyan began his speech at International Conference on Nuclear  Security by expressing condolences to Iran
R&D is most important element of EAEU countries integration and  R&D is most important element of EAEU countries integration and  "entrance ticket" to competitive world - Russian economist
Armenia, EFSD sign agreement for USD 100 million financial credit Armenia, EFSD sign agreement for USD 100 million financial credit 
Armenia-UAE economic and technical cooperation commission to meet in  Abu Dhabi Armenia-UAE economic and technical cooperation commission to meet in  Abu Dhabi 
Team Solutions presents its ZangeZOR product at 4Future Banking int`l  forumTeam Solutions presents its ZangeZOR product at 4Future Banking int`l  forum
Armenia`s government plans to implement housing programme for  forcibly displaced people in next 10-12 yearsArmenia`s government plans to implement housing programme for  forcibly displaced people in next 10-12 years
Communications Museum re-opened in YerevanCommunications Museum re-opened in Yerevan
Double increase in turnover tax rate will stimulate transition to  common taxation system: Deputy MinisterDouble increase in turnover tax rate will stimulate transition to  common taxation system: Deputy Minister
Rocket Line - now for 60 months: Idram and IDBankRocket Line - now for 60 months: Idram and IDBank
Rising prices for services, going into shadows and closing businesses  - incomplete list of Rising prices for services, going into shadows and closing businesses  - incomplete list of "expectations" from revision of turnover tax  rate from SME Cooperation Association President
Liability for misrepresented information is proposed in ArmeniaLiability for misrepresented information is proposed in Armenia
Government proposes to make changes to car trade system within  Government proposes to make changes to car trade system within  "Trade-in" program
Armswissbank attracts us$ 10 million loan package from EBRD to support competitiveness and green transitionArmswissbank attracts us$ 10 million loan package from EBRD to support competitiveness and green transition
Armenian lawyers unwilling to pay taxes on universal basisArmenian lawyers unwilling to pay taxes on universal basis
EU Commissioner: EU will continue to contribute to economic  development of ArmeniaEU Commissioner: EU will continue to contribute to economic  development of Armenia
PM discusses opportunities for diversifying Armenian economy with WB,  IFC management PM discusses opportunities for diversifying Armenian economy with WB,  IFC management 
EBRD President considers programs implemented by Bank useful for  development of private sector in ArmeniaEBRD President considers programs implemented by Bank useful for  development of private sector in Armenia
EBRD lends up to US$ 10 million to Armeconombank for MSME on-lendingEBRD lends up to US$ 10 million to Armeconombank for MSME on-lending
Armenia benefits greatly from influx of capital and IT specialists -  EBRD chief economistArmenia benefits greatly from influx of capital and IT specialists -  EBRD chief economist
Finance Ministry, French Development Agency sign cooperation  agreement for 2024-2027Finance Ministry, French Development Agency sign cooperation  agreement for 2024-2027
Idram Junior and Koreez signed a memorandum of cooperationIdram Junior and Koreez signed a memorandum of cooperation
During the 33rd EBRD Business Forum, Ardshinbank hosted a panel discussion on economic and trade sanctions.During the 33rd EBRD Business Forum, Ardshinbank hosted a panel discussion on economic and trade sanctions.
Government to allocate additional AMD 3 billion to finance state  order for healthcareGovernment to allocate additional AMD 3 billion to finance state  order for healthcare
EBRD provides $10 million loan to ArmSwissBan to support  competitiveness and green transition of MSMEsEBRD provides $10 million loan to ArmSwissBan to support  competitiveness and green transition of MSMEs
Pankin: Armenia`s suspension of CSTO funding isn`t tragedyPankin: Armenia`s suspension of CSTO funding isn`t tragedy
Armenian government approves program for providing housing to  families from Artsakh; expenses estimated at  AMD 10-12 billion Armenian government approves program for providing housing to  families from Artsakh; expenses estimated at  AMD 10-12 billion 
EBRD Governors re-elect President Odile Renaud-Basso for second termEBRD Governors re-elect President Odile Renaud-Basso for second term
EBRD, USAID to develop transport infrastructure of Armenia,  Azerbaijan, Georgia EBRD, USAID to develop transport infrastructure of Armenia,  Azerbaijan, Georgia 
No specific dates for the entry into force of the law on compulsory  life insurance for tourists visiting Georgia - RA MFANo specific dates for the entry into force of the law on compulsory  life insurance for tourists visiting Georgia - RA MFA
Pashinyan: all those who have the necessary skills, abilities and  desire can make a profit in ArmeniaPashinyan: all those who have the necessary skills, abilities and  desire can make a profit in Armenia
Odile Renaud-Basso: Armenian economy continues to grow despite  numerous negative factorsOdile Renaud-Basso: Armenian economy continues to grow despite  numerous negative factors
Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures refrains  from specifying North-South Road Corridor Investment Program`s  implementation costs and deadlines Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures refrains  from specifying North-South Road Corridor Investment Program`s  implementation costs and deadlines 
EBRD improves Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2024 from previous  4.5% to updated 6.2%EBRD improves Armenia`s GDP growth forecast for 2024 from previous  4.5% to updated 6.2%
EBRD promises unprecedented investments in Armenian economyEBRD promises unprecedented investments in Armenian economy
FMO provided Ardshinbank with a guarantee for a credit portfolio of 20 million US dollarsFMO provided Ardshinbank with a guarantee for a credit portfolio of 20 million US dollars
Lending for construction of southern section of Sisian-Kajaran road  will be largest program ever implemented by EBRD in Armenia - Bank  President Lending for construction of southern section of Sisian-Kajaran road  will be largest program ever implemented by EBRD in Armenia - Bank  President 
French Development Agency, Armenian government to expand cooperation  areas and programs` scope French Development Agency, Armenian government to expand cooperation  areas and programs` scope 
The Power of One Dram Sums up the Two-Year Program with Teach for ArmeniaThe Power of One Dram Sums up the Two-Year Program with Teach for Armenia
Noubar Afeyan willing to use his potential to strengthen Armenia Noubar Afeyan willing to use his potential to strengthen Armenia 
Ministry of Economy of Armenia denies that growth in agricultural  exports is due to re-exportsMinistry of Economy of Armenia denies that growth in agricultural  exports is due to re-exports
Finance Minister: Armenia`s GDP generation growth potential increased  from 4-4.5% to 5.5-6%Finance Minister: Armenia`s GDP generation growth potential increased  from 4-4.5% to 5.5-6%
EBRD funds customs and logistics centre in SyunikEBRD funds customs and logistics centre in Syunik
Grigori Zakaryan: “Capital markets have a crucial for economic development.”Grigori Zakaryan: “Capital markets have a crucial for economic development.”
Ambassador of Kazakhstan: priorities for development of Eurasian integration proposed by Armenia will allow us to intensify mutually  beneficial cooperation within EAEUAmbassador of Kazakhstan: priorities for development of Eurasian integration proposed by Armenia will allow us to intensify mutually  beneficial cooperation within EAEU
EBRD and the European Union are joining forces with Acba bank to boost the availability of funding for Armenian MSMEsEBRD and the European Union are joining forces with Acba bank to boost the availability of funding for Armenian MSMEs
Thanos Arvanitis: The time has come for Armenia to accelerate reformsThanos Arvanitis: The time has come for Armenia to accelerate reforms
Armenia to host 33rd EBRD Business Forum with flagship sponsorship of ArdshinbankArmenia to host 33rd EBRD Business Forum with flagship sponsorship of Ardshinbank
EAEU economic operators will become more recognizable when carrying  out foreign economic activitiesEAEU economic operators will become more recognizable when carrying  out foreign economic activities
Read more


Exchange rates
24.05.2024
RUB4.330.04
USD387.770.19
EUR420.380.09
GBP493.280.12
CAD282.71-0.80
JPY24.70-0.03
CNY53.530.00
CHF423.93-0.30