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Farmers laud crop insurance

Beneficiaries of the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program yesterday lauded Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez on their thrust to provide crop insurance to the small farmers in Negros Occidental.

The NFUCIP was launched yesterday with Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City.

Under the program, the provincial government offers insurance protection to famers in the province against losses from pest infestation, plant diseases, and natural calamities.

This is the first time that small farmers get crop insurance and for Pastor Fred Genandoy, one of the farmer-beneficiaries, it will help them recover their loses.

Genandoy said he owns a one-hectare farm in Victorias City and practices two cropping activities yearly. His losses are much higher than his income, he said.

With the crop insurance, Genandosy said he will be able to recoup his losses.

Grace Lacose of Bago City said that the insurance is a big help for them after their farm suffered from heavy rainfall and flooding during the first cropping.

Another farmer, Deogracias Quirante of Isabela town, said the insurance will help small farmers getting a refund of their losses.

Owning one-half hectare of land, Oscar Moreno of Isabela said NFUCIP beneficiaries also gets health insurance through the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program.

If something happens to them while plowing their farms, they can use the health card for hospitalization, Moreno said.

Roberto Palma of Cadiz City said the insurance does not only protect their crops but it also ensures the income of their families that can later sustain the needs of their children.

Juana Jison, president of Salvar Irrigator’s Association Inc. in La Carlota City said it can help their farmer-members to fully make use of their lands because they have already insured their crops through NFUCIP. *LTG

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