African Economy - Burkina Faso: Securing crops against climate threats

African Economy – Burkina Faso: Securing crops against climate threats

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In Burkina Faso, the government and its partners are providing farmers with insurance to protect their crops from climate threats. After a period of experience, the system is now being offered to farmers in several regions of the country. Currently, the insurance covers only corn and sorghum. Thus these two types will be protected from drying out for the subscribers. Details of the operation with Yaya Bodani.

This new agricultural insurance is a mechanism put in place by the government and its partners to protect producers. It’s offered to anyone with a farm, according to Jane Marie Vianney Bay, deputy general manager of the project’s partner insurance company. ” As for the subscription, the price is special, which is 12397 francs per hectare. And in these 12,397, the state subsidizes up to 50%. Therefore, the producer will have to pay 6,193 CFA francs per hectare. In terms of compensation, the maximum is 130 000 FCFA per hectare ‘, he explainsAnd the “MBut this does not mean that there will be systematically this amount that will be allocated because it will depend on the criteria, because there are alert thresholds that will be calculated and the amount that has to be paid per hectare according to the people who will be affected. »

This agricultural insurance covers only one claim, which is drought. According to Victor Bonogo, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, drought poses 53% of the threat to agricultural production in Burkina Faso: “ Often over the past 10 years, we’ve had recurring droughts or pockets of drought, and we’ve experienced a lack of rainfall. This is practically one of the factors that tire our producers the most in Burkina. »

At the moment, insurance covers only two crops: corn and sorghum. These are the products most consumed by the population. Alidou Bayilou, a producer in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, grows 14 hectares of several crops including maize, millet and cotton. It has already lost 50% of its production, after pockets of drought: “ At one time, when production was coming to an end, and near maturity, some grains or seeds were not in good condition, and some pieces yielded nothing. Such insurance would be welcome in the event of a drought. Rather than the producer being the loser, at least the insurance could be able to make up for it a bit. I think this will be very important to the producers. »

Madi Kondombo, president of the Midwest Regional Chamber of Agriculture, is calling for consideration of other crops such as rice or millet. The government promises to incorporate other speculations, as the process produces its results.

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