JIS News

The nation’s farmers are being encouraged to sign on to the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS)/Excel Farmers Insurance Plus, to provide a secure future for their families.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JAS, Lawrence Madden, told JIS News that the scheme covered farmers and their families and offered a health care and life insurance plan.
“This is really to provide a future for farmers and their families and this is something that I want to encourage the farmers to really consider and take seriously,” he said, adding that the policy was affordable and would allow beneficiary families to continue in the business of agriculture.
He mentioned that persons were already reaping the benefits of the scheme, with a number of families given awards at the last JAS annual general meeting, which was held in Kingston.
“We are going to be attending the various branch meetings as well as conduct meetings with the different branch leaders, and representatives from JAS as well as from Excel Insurance Company will come and outline how the scheme works and register persons at the same time,” Mr. Madden said.
He pointed to plans by the JAS to introduce a savings scheme and a pension plan, while advising farmers to become registered under other programmes such as the National Health Fund (NHF) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).
“Consider also the National Housing Trust (NHT) and pay into that as best as possible so that in the future, we can reap the benefits. As farmers.we plant seeds now and harvest later and we want this to happen for the financial wellbeing of our farmers,” he stated.
Farmers interested in the JAS/ Excel Farmers Insurance Plus can contact the JAS office in their parish or call the Kingston office at 948-2812 or 948-2901.