Bad weather and storms almost doubling in one year means insurance has never been so important for the horticultural sector.
Trees uprooted, greenhouses and vineyards destroyed, entire fruit crops lost are all examples of damage caused by climate events, which is increasing. The damage can be caused by heat waves and storms. This is confirmed by Coldiretti, based on information by Eswd, the European Severe Weather Database. With the latest violent storms that hit Marche, Lombardia, Piemonte and Toscana the total number of extreme bad weather events has risen to 706 - an 88% increase over the same period last year. In summary, such events have almost doubled in twelve months.
This issue will be discussed at Flormart, the benchmark exhibition of horticulture, running in Padova from 26th-28th September 2019. We are witnessing a tendency to tropicalisation that is evident by higher frequency of extreme weather, larger hailstones, seasonal displacements, short but intense rainstorms and sudden changes from hot to bad weather that are jeopardising crops. What about the damage? Losses in the national agricultural production and damage to both structures and infrastructures in the countryside are estimated to be over 14 billion euros in the last decade.
One of the methods to protect ourselves from the cost of weather-related disasters is to take out an insurance policy. The insurance brokerage and consultancy company, AIB All Insurance Brokers, will return to Flormart again this year. Their agricultural division Agr-Ins, has been offering horticultural companies and nurseries the opportunity to access this important protection since 2010. For further information visit the company’s website.