Lango sub-region—27, June 2020: Over 7,000 farmers in Lango sub-region covering the districts of Apac, Lira, Oyam, Kole, Dokolo, Amolatar, Kwania, Otuke, Alebtong and Kwania, including the neighboring districts of Pader, Agago and Gulu have subscribed with ENSIBUUKO Technology Limited, a crop insurance company.
ENSIBUKKO Technology Limited, in partnership with Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) and Uganda National Farmers’ Federation (UNFF) in conjunction with the District Farmers’ Association and the Area Cooperatives in various districts of Uganda, is providing Agro Insurance Consortium to different farmers to mitigate climate change.
Under the scheme, a farmer is required to pay a subscription fee of Uganda shillings 30,000 per acre in a single season in order to insure against droughts and excessive rain which normally affects the crop yield. All crops are subjected for insurance except sugar cane, tree seedlings and woodlots, a farmer is then subjected to a minimum compensation of 290,000 shillings per acre.
Mr Daniel Ocen, the Regional Coordinator ENSIBUUKO Technology Limited for Lango sub-region, also a member of Apac District Farmers’ Association, says 7,018 farmers in Lango and the neighboring districts, have subscribed for insurance service in the first season of 2020 under the “Market Led, User Owned, and ICT for Agricultural Enable Information Services (MUIIS) project”.
Ocen said the project targets at improving the livelihoods of farmers by offering agronomic tips, training farmers on post-harvest handling and crop compensation, among other services.
‘‘As a company, we intend to improve on the livelihoods of local farmers by mitigating losses incurred because of climate change, we offer agronomic tips from planting up to post-harvest handling, and we offer weather tips and market information through sms to empower the farmers,’’ he added.
Ambrose Omuno, a resident of Angole-nyang village in Aduku sub-county, Kwania district has insured his 7 acres of soya beans, Omuno believes that he will reap big this time around. This he adds, “I’m now receiving agronomic tips on my mobile phone that is helping me effectively to manage my crops.”
Another farmer, Teddy Akello from Chegere sub-county in Apac district thanked ENSIBUUKO Technology Limited for offering the seasonal insurance services, rallying other farmers to join the company to benefit the same to improve on their livelihoods.
In December last year (2019), about 38 drought affected farmers in Kwania, Lira and Apac districts under Apac and Lira District Farmer’s Association received insurance compensation from ENSIBUKKO up to a tune of shillings 6 million. In Lira district, 13 farmers received shillings 3m while shillings 10m was paid out to farmers in Kole district.
Martha Twesigye, the Marketing Officer at Ensibuuko Technology Limited, said: “A farmer is required to pay 30,000 shillings to subscribe to our premium crop insurance for an acre in a single season and benefit a compensated lost of about 80 percent of the crops at a tune of 290,000 shillings.”
According to her, a farmer’s crop yield is inspected jointly with the area agricultural officer to verify if its harvest corresponds to the normal yield. She urges all farmers to insure their gardens to mitigate the risks and uncertainty.
ENSIBUUKO Technology Company Limited, is the leading Uganda based Fintech that seeks to address the challenges around financial inclusion in Africa, to address the problems that affects the local farmers.