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$0.848 Million Total Claim Payout

Chief executive officer Raj Sharma made the comment while meeting a group of farmers with United Nations Capital Development Fund digital manager, Francois Coupienne, and Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme manager Bram Peters, at Solove in Labasa and Seaqaqa Primary School yesterday.
12 Feb 2020 16:33
$0.848 Million Total Claim Payout
Amina Bi (middle) with Sugar Cane Growers Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma, United Nations Capital Development Fund digital manager Francois Coupienne, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme manager Bram Peters, farmers and stakeholders after the meeting at Solove in Labasa on February 11, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Sugar Cane Growers Fund (SCGF) has paid out a total claim of $0.848 million to 307 growers.

Chief executive officer Raj Sharma made the comment while meeting a group of farmers with United Nations Capital Development Fund digital manager, Francois Coupienne, and Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme manager Bram Peters, at Solove in Labasa and Seaqaqa Primary School yesterday.

“On behalf of the growers, from its own coffers, SCGF has paid a premium of $1.496 million and that is a lot of money,” Mr Sharma said.

“But these payments have brought in a lot of blessing and good gestures for SCGF. Now we have planned to pass this to the farmers as a form of ownership to cover themselves as the premium.

“The current insurance for the active growers covers $1000 for the funeral, $3000 term life, $3000 main dwelling fire and $3000 for permanent disability at premium of $52 per annum paid by SCGF.

“From July 2020, farmers would be required to pay the premium which is $70 per farmer.”

Mr Sharma said there were discussions to reintroduce mortgage protection cover for loans and even medical outpatient cover.

“SCGF is also in the process of reviewing the policy coverage scope including the age review that would cover up to 75 years,” he said.

“In addition, SCGF is in the process of rolling out-growers loyalty programme that would provide a platform whereby growers would be able to access discounts.”

Amina Bi (middle) with Sugar Cane Growers Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma, United Nations Capital Development Fund digital manager Francois Coupienne, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme manager Bram Peters, farmers and stakeholders after the meeting at Solove in Labasa on February 11, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Amina Bi (middle) with Sugar Cane Growers Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma, United Nations Capital Development Fund digital
manager Francois Coupienne, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme manager Bram Peters, farmers and stakeholders after the
meeting at Solove in Labasa on February 11, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Mohammed Ikbal and Mohammed Janif, who are brothers and sugarcane farmers, said they were grateful to SCGF for their continuous support.

“We have been told from July this year we pay our premium which I believe we can do it,” Mr Ikbal said.

Another farmer, Peni Bale, 42, of Natua in Seaqaqa has been farming since childhood.

“It is a good idea we farmers take ownership of the premium so that our families don’t suffer in future,” Mr Bale said.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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