OIC settles claim for pastoralists

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Oromia Insurance Company (OIC) settled a claim for pastoralists in southern Oromia.

According to a statement the insurance firm sent to Capital indicated that they paid 1.6 million birr in livestock insurance compensation to 1,474 pastoralists in Borena and West Guji zones of Oromia region.

The beneficiaries are receiving the compensations because they have lost their livestock due to the recent El Nino-induced drought in the area, which has led to starvation and death of livestock.

OIC concluded the 1.6 million birr payout on Saturday, February 18, 2017, to help them recover from the losses of their livestock following the drought.

Livestock insurance was introduced to Oromia pastoralists in 2012 as a pilot through the partnership of OIC and its major partner – International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – which has initiated the project, and been providing satellite data obtained from NASA.

In addition to paying out compensation to pastoralists who lost their livestock, the ‘greenness watch insurance’ also benefits clients whose livestock are at high risk, according to Getaneh Erena, Senior Livestock Insurance Expert at OIC. OIC’s insurance covers cattle, camels, sheep and goats.

With the aim of refining its current livestock insurance, expanding and modernizing the service by shifting from paper-based to paperless technology, OIC has recently partnered with Kifiya Financial Technologies – a local company known for modernizing payment systems.

“Through this partnership we will install an IT based modern claim management system to OIC, which will enable it to expand the service with efficiency,” Meseret Tefera, Market Development and Partnership Manager at Kifiya, stated. She further explained that Kifiya has been refining the current product following the agreement made with ILRI.

“In order to benefit from OIC’s livestock insurance, depending on historical data a pastoralist is expected to pay a premium rate between 7 to 11% the value of the forage his livestock feeds in one year of the two dry seasons. For instance, a camel is expected to feed 5,000 birr worth of forage while a goat or a sheep is estimated to eat forage worth 500 birr in those two dry seasons of one year. Likewise, one cattle is anticipated to feed  3,000 birr in fodder,” Getaneh said.