Fresno, CA, September 19, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- This fall, citrus and avocado growers looking to lessen the impact that a quarantine can have on their operations, can take advantage of a pilot quarantine crop insurance program soon to be offered through Mary Roach Insurance Agency Inc.
The coverage will be available by late August or early September to cover the 2010-2011 crop year for all citrus-growing counties in California and most avocado-growing counties.
“With the uncertainties of the current economy, growers simply can’t leave themselves open to an additional financial risk,” noted agency President Mary Roach. “Our quarantine crop insurance policies will provide an added level of security for citrus and avocado growers at a critical time.”
The quarantine insurance provides coverage for actual production losses, mandated crop destruction or losses that occur when fruit rots on the tree or in containers because it can’t be transported during a quarantine period, according to Jordan Roach, Vice-President of Mary Roach Insurance Agency Inc. The policies do not cover monetary losses due to missed marketing opportunities caused by quarantine.
The quarantine policy is an endorsement, and is available to growers with federal crop insurance at a coverage level above the minimum catastrophic program.
To be eligible for a claim payment, the insured citrus or avocado groves must be within specified quarantine zones imposed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Claim payment also requires that the grower follow best management practices to preserve the crop during the quarantine period. If additional treatment costs are required to preserve the crop, these costs are not reimbursable.
“The availability of this new program is extremely timely. We’re all eagerly awaiting this affordable new program to protect against imported pests and the potential losses from a quarantine event,” said Jordan Roach.
Deadlines to sign up for the quarantine coverage are November 20th for citrus and November 30th for avocados. A number of grower education seminars about the program will be held in coming months in the covered growing regions.
The pilot quarantine coverage program, long sought by various commodity groups, is expected to continue for four years and depending on grower participation and results, may be expanded to other crops as an endorsement to policies.
For program details, please contact Mary Roach Insurance Agency Inc. at 888-919-0550 or visit us on the Web at www.mricrop.com.
Mary Roach Insurance Agency Inc. (MRI) is an independent insurance agency that focuses exclusively on crop insurance. Founded in 1992, we provide only the highest quality products and services to our clients located throughout California and Arizona.
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