The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist has released P415,552 in crop insurance to 167 rice farmers in 13 towns and five cities in Negros Occidental last month, Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist, said yesterday.
The aid was released through the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program and the Weather Adverse Rice Area, Genzola said.
She also said the recipients are from the cities of San Carlos, La Carlota, Sipalay, Escalante and Cadiz and from the towns of Calatrava, Hinigaran, Hinoba-an, Manapla, Candoni, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, La Castellana, Valladolid, EB Magalona, San Enrique and Murcia.
An additional P190,374 in crop insurance was also distributed to 33 farmers from these areas as of January 7, she said.
NFUCIP, that was launched in August in 2010 by Secretary Proceso Alcala, has already covered damage to crops in previous months.
Genzola said the crop insurance offers protection to farmers against losses from plant diseases, pest infestation, and natural calamities, reduce the impact of damage from calamities and attain food security and agricultural productivity.
Aside from the crop insurance, farmers also have free health care benefit through the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program, Genzola said.
She added that soon the crop insurance coverage of NFUCIP and WARA will also include corn and other high-valued crops and fisheries.*APN