JULY 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Animal Health Focus “Without doubt, the most innovative aspect of AXA’s entrance into the farm insurance market is the development of their online service, where farmers who select AXA Smart Farm Easy can get a quote online.” Minister for Agriculture and Food, Michael Creed TD, Antoinette McDonald, Director of Direct Distribution and Customer Experience at AXA and Christy Doherty, Head of Farm at AXA. ist equipment, including camera monitors, AI flasks and the like will also be specifically covered under AXA’s farm insurance policies. We’re also offering very competitive jeep insurance, which offers exceptional value for customers, particularly where the jeep is over 10 years old.” Extended Employers Liability cover “Employers liability is an area of insurance that should be considered more carefully by farmers,” says Mr Doherty. “With that in mind, we’re bringing a new option to our farm insurance package.” “Typically, up to 30 percent of farmers do not have employers liability because they do not have full or part-time paid labour working on the farm,” he continued. “Nevertheless, a farmer needs insurance cover in the eventuality that a neighbour, friend or relation who is helping to move cattle or some other once-off job, is injured in the process. Typically, Voluntary Helper Insurance Cover was a sub-set of employers liability cover; however, we will offer it to farmers as a stand-alone option. In that way the smaller farmer, who wouldn’t normally need or have employers liability insurance, will be covered if there is an accident.” AXA Smart Farm is seeing an increasing interest in the product since their broker launch in May and Mr Doherty is looking forward to the exciting times ahead as AXA launches its offer direct to farmers via axa.ie/ farm or by phone 1890 247 365 and through its nationwide branch network. 27