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Capitol pays P9.5 million for farmers’ crop insurance

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turns over the P9.5 million check to PCIC Regional Manager, Eva Ulie Laud, as Regional Marketing and Sales Division OIC, Jose Ma. Torres Jr., and OIC Provincial Agriculturist Dina Genzola look on.*Richard Malihan photo

The Negros Occidental provincial government turned over P9,500,400 to the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), for the crop insurance and protection of more farmers in the province, through the provincial government’s Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP).

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson handed the check to PCIC Regional Manager, Eva Ulie Laud, and Regional Marketing and Sales Division OIC, Jose Ma. Torres Jr., at the Governor’s Office in Bacolod City, in the presence of Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) OIC, Dr. Dina Genzola.

NFUCIP is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and PCIC that aims to provide protection to agricultural crops in the province and address the adverse effect of climate change in crop production, a press release from the Capitol said.

To qualify for the province’s crop insurance program, a farmer must have at least 0.25 hectare up to a maximum of 3.0 hectares of agricultural land used for planting rice and corn, and 500 sq. m. to one hectare for high value crops.

OPA records show that as of Dec. 31, 2020, a total of 62,821 farmers with 72,806.16 hectares are already enrolled in the program.

Out of the total insured farmers, 38,447 recipients have already received indemnity claims amounting to P184,374,480 covering 40,712.33 hectares of damaged rice, corn and high value crops, the press release said.

Meanwhile, another batch of farmers from Valladolid town received their Quick Turn-Around or Early Planting Incentives from the provincial government through the OPA.

Distributed was P95,920 to 51 farmers at the Capitol Social Hall.*

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