Unión de Uniones rejects the proposals that Agroseguro SA will propose for cherry insurance. According to the organization, if it goes ahead, “it will expel the professionals and farmers who need it most from the line.”
This Thursday, the Regulatory Group of the General Commission of ENESA meets to debate the Agroseguro proposal for cherry insurance in Plan 2024. “The proposed measures involve eliminating frost irrigation in module P, which would only be guaranteed together the poor setting in modules 1 and 2, and restrict the possibility of contracting the risk of rain only per farm, instead of per plot as until now,” indicates Unión de Uniones.
In addition, the same organization maintains that the contracting options would be cut for insured people who have a history of poor results, both in rain and frost and other adversities. To the former, a maximum damage limit at the parcel level of 50% or 60% would be applied, with a deductible of 30%; while the latter would be limited to contracting the guaranteed 50% or they would not be allowed to contract the risk of frost and other climatic adversities.
These proposals, which would affect more than a third of the current cherry insurance subscribers, would mean that in the event of a serious incident they would not receive any compensation and if the damage reached 100% they would not be compensated more than 20%. “Under these conditions, and with insurance that is also expensive, no one will insure it and it will be another line that will be loaded just when climate change causes more and more accidents in our farms,” warns Unión de Uniones. .
In the mid-90s, cherry insurance had between 6,000 and 7,000 subscribers and currently it barely exceeds 1,000, which does not even cover a quarter of the area planted with cherry trees in Spain. Much of the drop in contracting has occurred in Cáceres, where some 300 policies are contracted, many of which will come out of the insurance if the proposals proposed by Agroseguro are adopted.
The organization already expressed its rejection of these measures in the ENESA Working Group held on October 18. “Agroseguro SA wants to expel from agricultural insurance those who need it most and the main victims of these measures are the rural professionals who live primarily from work on their farm,” they criticize from Unión de Uniones.
“They want us to have a system that requires little money from the administrations and is a business for Agroseguro”
What is worrying for the organization is that this trend also occurs in other lines, which is stripping agricultural insurance of the protective role of agricultural income with which it was born. The situation was confirmed – according to the Union of Unions – at the ENESA International Congress held in Jerez at the beginning of this month, where it was clear that the plans of the current acting Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, involve leaving out agricultural insurance extraordinary episodes linked to climate change, which should be covered by other risk management mechanisms, although without making clear what they would be.
“They want us to have a crooked agricultural insurance system that requires little money from the administrations and is a business for Agroseguro SA and the pool of insurers,” criticizes Unión de Uniones, which, in reaction to this drift, has prepared a document of proposals to rescue agricultural insurance for farmers and ranchers, and in which it proposes, among other issues, that hiring subsidies be increased and that ENESA carry out real supervision work on the management of Agroseguro.