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Jérôme Despey: 'I am taken aback by how unsuccessful the grape crop insurance scheme is'

Par Vitisphere Le 23 septembre 2016
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Jérôme Despey: 'I am taken aback by how unsuccessful the grape crop insurance scheme is'
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I am taken aback, vexed even, by how unsuccessful the grape crop insurance scheme is”, said a disappointed Jérôme Despey, during a press conference on August 25 to mark the end of the holidays. “Despite all the hard work that has gone into producing a basic contract, few wine growers are insured. We need to overcome this problem”.

According to the chairman of the wine board at FranceAgriMer, only 150,000 hectares of vineyards are insured in France. In Languedoc-Roussillon, 80% of acreage is not insured. “People think the insurance companies won’t pay out very much and that insurance is expensive or even a waste of time because they believe that if one vineyard is affected, they will just make up for it with others. This is no longer true. You only have to look at hailstorms which are now affecting much wider corridors than in the past”.

To prove insurance is not expensive, he gave details of his own vineyard. To ensure 85 hl/ha and €97,000 of capital on his 20-hectare farm costs him €2,400 a year, from which he deducts €730 in grants, thus leaving a balance of €1,670 for him to pay. “That works out at €83.50/ha/year”, he stated. Jérôme Despey believes that “a hard-hitting communications campaign is needed on this issue”. Insurance companies and the State are being called on to promote these basic contracts.

 

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