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Insurance company compensates 300 farmers

About 300 farmers from Mosiro Ward in Narok East have every reason to smile after an insurance company paid them Sh.4.7 million as compensation for the poor harvest they incurred in the last season.

Apollo Insurance Company compensated each farmer an average of Sh15, 000 as 90 per cent of their crop had gone to waste after the long dry season experienced early this year.

The insurance associate, Benalyn Chebet, said the compensation is in the form of farm inputs that include seeds, fertiliser, and farm chemicals that will enable the farmers to plant their farms during this rainy season.

“We work with small-scale farmers to help them build resilience. In the last season, the farmers incurred huge losses; this is why, as an insurance company, we have come in to help them recover,” he said.

Chebet said the insurance company not only helps farmers make maximum profits but also protects them against making losses.

He commended the farmers for their patience, asking them to plough larger portions of land to increase food production in the area.

“We will continue working with the farmers in this area to offer any kind of help that they require. I ask all the farmers to take advantage of the ongoing rains to plant their farms,” he said.

Charity Njeri, a consultant at Apollo Insurance, said the company has fulfilled its pledge to the community by asking more farmers to register with the insurance company to avoid incurring total loss in case of a crop failure.

Some of the beneficiaries thanked Apollo Insurance for keeping their promise and asked them to continue supporting them to achieve their dreams.

Ms. Lilian Dapash, who farms maize and beans on her nine acres of land, could not hide her joy after receiving support from the insurance company. She said her crop had gone to waste after a prolonged dry season early this year.

By Ann Salaton

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