765 DRY-SPELL HIT FARMERS IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FILE LOSS CLAIMS WITH PCIC

765 DRY-SPELL HIT FARMERS IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FILE LOSS CLAIMS WITH PCIC

BACOLOD CITY — Seventy hundred sixty-five farmers in Negros Occidental have filed notices of loss with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) as of January 26 due to damage and production losses.

Dina Genzola, senior agriculturist at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), said these farmers, who planted 886.24 hectares of rice, corn and high-value commercial crops farms, are only part of the thousands of dry-spell affected farmers in the province.

Adjusters from the PCIC are conducting assessment to determine the amount of indemnities that can be claimed by affected farmers, Genzola said.

Farmers who filed notices of loss are enrolled in the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP) of the provincial government thus, they may avail of the P17,000 claims per hectare of farms damaged and affected by calamities like El Niño.

Under the NFUCIP, the enrollment premium per cropping season is P840. Of which, only P340 is the counterpart of the farmer-enrollees while the remaining P500 is shouldered by the provincial government as loan.

OPA records showed that in 2015, about 14,000 premiums were already covered by NFUCIP with a total area of more than 13,000 hectares since the program started in 2011.

Of the total farmers enrolled, about 7,500 have already received indemnity claims of not less than P32 million for about 8,000 hectares of damaged crops.

PCIC had earlier said that 31,000 farmers in Negros Occidental are already covered by various insurance programs, mostly through counterparting with the provincial government. PNA/northboundasia.com