Costa Rica: Collective Insurance for Agriculture

A state-run insurance company project aims to create an insurance group for crops in order to encourage the use of these policies, the costs of which are high due to the high risk they present.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the National Insurance Institute (INS) are backing the concept of group insurance for agricultural producers so that they can have increased access to crop insurance. The initiative is expected to be ready before the end of the month. They are also seeking to create a fund with resources from both institutions for small producers.

José Joaquín Salazar, Deputy Minister of MAG, told that "... The benefit of a group policy, which is taken on by several policy holders, is the discount received in the premium, and the savings will be even higher when there is greater participation of policyholders. Through this initiative we would be able to provide discounts based on volume of hectares which will be covered by the policy. The premium can be reduced by between 3% and 5% in an area of ​​500 hectares if a group insurance is used, rather than individual insurance. "

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