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Be insured, farmer urged

The Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is urging local farmers to insure their farms as the first cropping season for this year starts this month.

OIC-Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino told city and municipality agriculturists of the province on June 7 to remind the farmers in their area to apply for insurance to ensure that they are protected financially if their crops suffer damages.

“We cannot ensure that the weather will be stable,” Masculino said, adding “We are experiencing the effects of climate change and we want the farmers to be ready.”

Records of Negros First Unite Crop Insurance Progam, show that there are 1,454 farmers in the province insured as of April this year, and this cover a a total rice farm area of 1,524.89 hectares.The notice of loss recorded in the first quarter of the year was 1,501 with 1,781.89 has.

Masculino said they can be insured by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, or through the NFUCIP.

He added that aside from having insurance, the farmers should also choose seeds of good quality as these will give them more harvest and additional income.

He also reminded the farmers to go to their respective city or municipal agriculturist and seek help with the new technologies available to have better production.

“The provincial government will always be there to help and assist them technically,” Masculino said, adding that they are also finding ways to access the loaning programs of DA for farmers.

He also said that the province, together with the Department of Agriculture, will also start programming the “School in the air” this month to guide the farmers with their cropping, especially those who use hybrid varieties of rice. *MLG


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