Capiz farmers urged anew to insure crops

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in Capiz called on farmers to insure their crops.

OPA head Sylvia Dela Cruz urged the farmers to have their crops insured so these will be protected during calamities that may affect the agriculture sector.

“We are aggressive in campaigning for crop insurance because we are very confident that it is one of the best mitigating measures to safeguard our farmers with regards to the protection of their crops,” she said.

Dela Cruz said crops that could be insured with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp include not only rice but also corn. Fisheries and livestock could also be insured.

In a joint meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Provincial Peace and Order and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Councils presided by Governor Antonio Del Rosario, she said that as of June 26, 2018, a total of 476 farmers covered with insurance by the provincial government here with the PCIC.

“It covers 598.61 hectares with crop insurance amounting to P734,948.68 while there is still a remaining balance of P300,544.84 to be downloaded to the PCIC after the provincial government has allocated P1,035,493.52 for crop insurance of farmers,” she added.

Dela Cruz also said the Department of Agriculture, in coordination with PCIC, has allocated P59.6 million for Capiz for the premium allocation of crop insurance only. (PIA/Capiz)

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