Why Agricultural Insurance is Considered as Special Line of Insurance


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There is insurance coverage for any anything valuable. These insurance policies are classified in to different types, which include business insurance. Business insurance is further classified into different types according to areas of businesses and level of risks associated with such businesses. Those businesses with high risks like agriculture, maritime etc are considered special lines of insurance.

What Is Agricultural Insurance?

Insurance generally is the equitable transfer of a risk of loss from one entity to another in exchange for a premium or a guaranteed and quantifiable small loss to prevent a large and possibly devastating loss. 

Agricultural Insurance is a special line of property insurance applied to agricultural firms or businesses. Agricultural insurance is applied to crop, livestock, brood stock, forestry, aquaculture, and greenhouse.

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Why Agricultural Insurance Is Considered As a Special Line Of Insurance 

There are many features of this type of insurance that justify it being considered as special line of insurance. Some of these features are:

Difficulties in achieving adequate diversification because of the nature of     the risk

Asymmetries of information in underwriting 

Geographical dispersion of agricultural production 

Complexity of the biological processes of production

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Why Do You Need Agricultural Insurance? 

Agricultural insurance is important and needed by entrepreneurs to reduce the risks associated with production, processing and marketing. These risks are in different forms and can affect efficiency and profitability of the farm as a result of conditions which are mostly beyond the farmer’s control. 

Agricultural risks can wipe out a whole investment especially those that occur through natural disasters like flood, excess rainfall, drought, pest, diseases and fire outbreak. 

Ikechukwu Evegbu

Ikechukwu Evegbu is a graduate of Statistics with over 10 years experience as Data Analyst. Worked with Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. A prolific business development content writer. He's the Editor, Business Compiler

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