The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental is encouraging local government units to subsidize the P340 farmer’s share of the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program, Dina Genzola, OPA senior agriculturist. said yesterday.
Genzola said farmers have to pay an P840 premium every cropping season and a sack of rice during harvest period as payment for the P500 Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. loaned to them for the insurance program.
If LGUs will subsidize the farmer’s share, they will be able to help small farmers in their production and encourage them to apply for crop insurance, she said.
Among the LGUs that have subsidized the farmers’ share are Talisay City – P70,000 (206 farmers), Valladolid – P70,000 (206 farmers), and Bago City – P200,000 (588 farmers). Board Member Melvin Ibañez (Neg. Occ. 5th district) paid P70,000 for small farmers of Moises Padilla, La Castellana, BInalbagan, and Himamaylan City, she also said.
Genzola said a farmer can receive a maximum of P17,680 per hectare, depending on the damage incurred due to floods, infestations, and diseases.
An NFUCIP member can avail of life insurance of P10,000, ATM card from Development Bank of the Philippines, forced savings from the excess amount of palay paid, technological trainings and project opportunities, and free health care coverage through the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program, she also said.
The NFUCIP is designed to cushion and lessen the damages caused by calamities on the crops and to enhance agricultural development in the province, Genzola added.
Meanwhile, Genzola said the province is the second highest rice producers in Region VI and one of the top 15 largest rice producing provinces in the country. It has a 95 percent sufficiency level, he added.*LTG