THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has paid about P9.5 million to the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) for the crop insurance of more farmers in the province through the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP).
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over the check to PCIC-Western Visayas Regional Manager Eva Ulie Laud, and Officer-In-Charge Regional Marketing and Sales Division Jose Ma. Torres Jr. at the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod City earlier this week.
Implemented starting 2011, the NFUCIP is a joint initiative of the provincial government and PCIC that aims to provide protect farmers through indemnity claims for their agricultural crops damaged by calamities as well as pests and diseases.
It also addresses the adverse effects of climate change in crop production, the Capitol said.
To qualify for the province’s crop insurance program, a farmer must have at least 0.25 hectares up to a maximum of three hectares of agricultural land used for planting rice and corn.
For high-value crops, the area must be 500 square meters to one hectare.
In terms of claims, enrolled farmers may avail themselves of the P17,000 per hectare of damaged farms.
Based on the modified guidelines of the program, the enrollment premium per cropping season is shouldered by the provincial government as a loan.
In the previous coverage, only P500 is being shouldered by the province while the remaining P340 is the counterpart of the farmer-enrollees.
Enrollees should apply for insurance before planting and farms covered by the program are those planted for not less than 25 days.
Records of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) showed that as of December 31, 2020, a total of 62,821 farmers with 72,806.16-hectare farms were already enrolled in the program.
Out of the total insured farmers, 38,447 recipients have already received indemnity claims amounting to over P184 million covering 40,712.33 hectares of damaged rice, corn and high-value crops.
Meanwhile, also present during the turnover was Officer-In-Charge Provincial Agriculturist Dina Genzola.