PCIC to cover over 200-T WV farmers, fisherfolk this year

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ILOILO City – Some 268,000 farmers and fisherfolk in Western Visayas, including those in Negros Occidental, are expected to be covered by the agricultural insurance program of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) 6 this year.PCIC-6 regional manager Charlito Brilleta on Tuesday disclosed that P267 million was allotted for the premium payments of this sector.

The provinces of Iloilo, Capiz and Negros Occidental have the highest target farmers for the insurance. Iloilo has 98,283 farmers; Capiz with 71,103 farmers; and Negros Occidental with 64,561.

The target farmers from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Guimaras do not exceed 30,000.

Eligible farmers for the free insurance are only those who are listed in the Registry for System of Basic Agriculture (RSBA). Brilleta said the target number of farmers is 13 percent of the about one million farmers in the region listed in the registry.

Brilleta also added that target clients should not have subsidy for similar types of insurance program. Farmers and fisherfolk who have insurable interest on their farm, fish farm, livestock and agriculture assets can be submitted for coverage.

He then urged farmers and fisherfolk in the region to file application for insurance coverage. They may visit the PCIC for the needed forms and requirements or download them online. They may also visit their municipal agriculture’s office for information.In 2016, PCIC covered around 190,000 farmers and fisher folks in the region.

PCIC paid over P225 million for 36,183 insured farmers whose crops were affected by drought and were destroyed by pest infestation.

Biggest recipients of the payment were farmers in Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz. Iloilo has P122-million insurance claim for 18,637 farmers; Negros Occidental with P55 million for 9,471 farmers; and Capiz with P21 million for 3,964 farmers.

PCIC is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture mandated to provide insurance protection to the country’s agricultural producers, particularly the subsistence farmers against crop losses arising from natural calamities such as typhoons, floods, drought, earthquakes and volcanic eruption.

It also provides insurance protection to farmers whose crops were affected by plant diseases and pest infestation. (PNA)