78.6 F
Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Home News Local news Farmers on Government Land Required to Have Insurance

Farmers on Government Land Required to Have Insurance

The many farmers leasing farmland from the V.I. government must purchase liability insurance, which is available, Agriculture Commissioner Carlos Robles said in a statement this week.

More than 100 farmers lease land in the community gardens behind the Rudolph Schulterbrandt Agriculture Complex, and former VICORP sugar land and other government land is leased through the Department of Property and Procurement for farming. Since 2014, Property and Procurement has been enforcing a lease requirement that those who farm government land need insurance.

The government’s lease provision states that individuals who currently lease, have written permission to occupy, or plan to lease farmland from the government of the Virgin Islands for agricultural purposes must obtain liability insurance.

Getting insurance has been a hurdle for some. But after discussions with representatives from various insurance companies and the Insurance Commissioner’s Office of the Lt. Governor, the Agriculture Department is announcing that general liability insurance is now available for purchase.

The minimum limit of liability on the general liability insurance coverage is $100,000.

Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)

Going forward, farmers will not be able to conduct business with the V.I. government without a certificate of insurance. The Agriculture Department says to contact your insurance agent for price information.

To find out more, contact Errol Chichester on St. Croix at 778-0997 or Manley James on St. Thomas at 774-5182.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Support the VI Source

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall - we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. Our sites are more popular than ever, but advertising revenues are falling - so you can see why we could use your help. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. If everybody who appreciates our reporting efforts were to help fund it for as little as $1, our future would be much more secure. Thanks in advance for your support!





Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
Print Friendly, PDF & Email