Croatian CSF insurance created
Croatia, coping with Classical Swine Fever (CSF)
outbreaks, has introduced an insurance policy for farmers against losses
Local pig farms all around the country have been ravaged
by CSF since last
Top insurer 'Croatia Osiguranje', which is 80% state owned,
now said it will be offering farmers a policy that will make up for profit
losses if their hogs contacted CSF and had to be slaughtered.
The insurance will also cover farm maintenance expenses until
production is restarted.
Tomislav Bigac of Croatia Osiguranje told
reporters, "This is the first such insurance in Croatia. We know it is a risky
policy but we want to help farmers overcome difficulties and continue running
Large pig farms
Croatia has about a dozen large
pig farms and a hundred smaller ones. The country scrapped vaccines against CSF
in 2005, in line with EU regulations.
The contagious CSF broke out last July and has spread to
eight of in total 21 Croatian counties.
Since then, about 14,000
animals have been killed, causing losses worth some 10 million kuna (€1.36
Osiguranje (in Croatian)
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