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Indian agricultural insurance market ‘ready for transformation through technology’

New Dawn Risk’s report casts light on the improved prospects for international firms as India aims to deploy drones, satellites and mobile technology in an effort to cut insurance costs

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Singapore, November 2nd 2020: Lloyd’s broker New Dawn Risk has today launched its new report: Technology brings new opportunities for India’s crop insurance scheme

The report details changes that have been made to the government-sponsored scheme during 2020, which are designed to make it more efficient and ultimately more attractive for the nation’s farmers and for participating insurers.  These include the introduction of a three-year contract for insurers; and strict rules to both prevent delays in claims handling and avoid moral hazard.

The centre point for change, however, is the introduction of a range of new technologies, including a mobile portal, and the use of sophisticated drone and satellite technologies.  All of these are designed to allow automated handling of the many claims that the scheme generates, and, ultimately have the power to transform the profitability of the scheme for insurers and reinsurers.

Contributing to the report, the Agricultural Insurance Company of India commented: “With the advent of new concepts in agriculture, the scope for crop / agriculture insurance in India is vast. The main challenge is consistency. The scheme has changed drastically in a very short space of time. Reinsurers believe there is ample opportunity but only if they decide to commit to this product for the longer term and take a long-term view despite the changes.”

Max Carter, CEO of New Dawn Risk commented: “India could certainly see new reinsurers entering its state-sponsored agricultural insurance market if costs were driven down for the local insurers, who have previously borne heavy administrative and operating costs.”

“The increased use of satellites and drone imagery technology and adoption of high-quality mobile apps to carry out CCE’s, remote sensing methodologies to assess crops and low-lying satellites (LEOs), means that India has taken positive steps towards increasing efficiency and reducing costs of administration. We hope that, with such positive news, our guide will be a useful source of information for international reinsurers who might consider participating in this refreshed scheme.”

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