Agriculture looks to be thriving in Almeria according to recent insurance statistics. A huge area of 4,728 hectares has been insured for both protected crops and covered crops of winter tomato.
Protected crops made up 247.33 million kilos which equates to €184.5 million worth of produce. The cost of the insurance was €2.6 million, 150 million kilos of covered winter tomatoes equalled €126 million worth of produce and the cost of insurance being €2.4 million.
The Agriculture Representative from the Junta de Andalucia regional government, who attended a recent agricultural summit, said that Almeria is the province with the highest number of hired agriculture insurances. However, he had insisted on the necessity for the farmers to insure their crops as the weather conditions can sometimes destroy valuable crops.
The agricultural insurance system in Spain is a necessary tool enabling farmers and livestock breeders to face the risks which directly and sometimes severely disturb operations – such as freak weather, accidents or diseases, allowing farmers to continue with business as normal.