PCIC pays P87M in claims to Ne­gocc rice, corn farm­ers

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE Philip­pine Crop In­sur­ance Corp. (PCIC) has paid in­dem­nity claims to­tal­ing to al­most P87 mil­lion to 18,005 en­rolled rice and corn farm­ers in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal for 2018.

Records from the Pcic-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal showed that bulk of the claims amount­ing to al­most P85.9 mil­lion were paid to 17,627 rice farm­ers cov­er­ing an area of 17,788.13 hectares.

The re­main­ing P1.327 mil­lion was paid to 378 farm­ers with ar­eas to­tal­ing to 324.96 hectares, it added.

Jose Ma. Tor­res, pro­vin­cial ex­ten­sion of­fice head, yes­ter­day said in­dem­nity claims re­leased last year cover those var­i­ous in­sur­ance pro­grams.

These are Ne­gros First Univer­sal Crop In­sur­ance Pro­gram (NFUCIP), Reg­istry Sys­tem for Ba­sic Sec­tor in Agri­cul­ture (RSBSA), Agrar­ian Pro­duc­tion Credit Pro­gram (APCP), and Sikat Saka Pro­gram (SSP), among oth­ers.

NFUCIP is be­ing im­ple­mented in part­ner­ship with the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal through the Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist (OPA).

Other pro­grams are through other part­ner­a­gen­cies. RSBSA, for in­stance, is through the De­part­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM).

Tor­res said these are on top of other in­sur­ance lines in­clud­ing live­stock, fish­ery and Credit and Life Term In­sur­ance (CLTI).

“We will con­tinue to im­ple­ment these pro­grams as funds are avail­able to cover more farm­ers,” he said, adding that many farm­ers in the prov­ince are still up for cov­er­age.

Most of the non-cov­ered farm­ers in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal are those in farflung ar­eas, which are “dif­fi­cult” to reach.

Thus, the agency has been step­ping up its mea­sure to raise aware­ness about the pro­grams it pro­vides through one, part­ner­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS).

Tor­res said in­sur­ance pro­grams are vi­tal as these en­able farm­ers to re­cover from pos­si­ble losses brought by calami­ties and other fac­tors.

“Aside from in­sur­ing farm­ers, PCIC also helps in en­sur­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of the farm­ers pos­i­tively con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire agri­cul­ture sec­tor,” he added.*

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