Some 3,296 farmers in Negros Occidental received P16,002,605 in indemnity claims, during the distribution at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City yesterday.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the turnover of crop insurance claims to the farmers from the different cities and municipalities in the province, who were enrolled in the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program.
The program aims to address the gaps in the agriculture sector and climate change that have been adversely affecting the crop production and threatening the province's food security, he said.
NFUCIP is a joint initiative of the provincial government and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. to insure agricultural crops in the province and cover damages on rice, corn, high-value crops, and sugarcane.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said that aside from NFUCIP, PCIC also offers other crop insurance programs, such as the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture, Agricultural and Agrarian Sikat Saka, and Agrarian Production Credit Program.
Masculino said the counterpart of the province was P4.753 million, covering 1,155 farmers.
Also, the family of a farmer from San Enrique, who recently passed away, received a life insurance benefit amounting to P55,000, he said, adding the farmer was enrolled in the Agricultural Producers Protection Plan through the NFUCIP program.
As of last month, 52,679 Negrense farmers tilling 60,818 hectares are already enrolled in the program.*
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