Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) and Alfalah Insurance Company have signed an MoU to collaborate towards development of need based innovative crop and livestock insurance products for subsistence farmers. The MoU was signed by Mr. Yasir Ashfaq Chief Executive Officer PMIC and Mr. Nasar us Samad Qureshi, Chief Executive Officer, Alfalah Insurance Company at a ceremony held in Karachi.
Chief Executives of 4 Sindh based Microfinance Institutions, Safco Support Foundation, AMRDO Foundation, Shah Sachal Sami Foundation and Thardeep Microfinance Foundation were also present at the occasion.
The MoU identifies areas development of yield based crop and livestock insurance products to be rolled out in Tharparkar, Nawabshah, Sanghar, Tando Allah Yar districts of Sindh and Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib, Narowal and Sheikhupura districts of Punjab province. The aim is to mitigate risk and protect the livelihoods of the vulnerable small-scale farmers who often have to deal with a series of risks related to changing weather patterns, market fluctuations, disease outbreak among others. PMIC through its borrowing institutions will work with a number of insurance companies to develop livestock and crop insurance products that are expected to serve as a safety net for thousands of subsistence farmers benefitting millions of household members.
Speaking on the occasion, CEO PMIC Mr. Yasir Ashfaq, “PMIC, as a double bottom line Microfinance Sector Developer, is keen to promote development of several innovative products with various stakeholders and index based crop and livestock micro-insurance is one such initiative. Insurance provides an effective risk mitigation tool to protect the livelihoods of vulnerable subsistence farmers, promotes investments in agriculture which enhances yields and accelerates financial inclusion.”
Mr. Nasar us Samad Qureshi, Chief Executive Officer, Alfalah Insurance Company commented “Alfalah Insurance is actively involved in developing the micro-insurance segment for the past many years. We are proud to be associates with this great initiative and look forward to scaling it up across the country in collaboration with PMIC”