By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – The provincial government of Negros Occidental on Tuesday turned over a total of P16,002,605 worth of crop insurance to 3,296 farmer-beneficiaries enrolled in the Negros First Universal Crop Insurance Program (NFUCIP).

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who led the turnover rites, along with Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino, said that the NFUCIP is a joint initiative of the local government and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to cover agricultural crop damages on rice, corn, high value crops, and sugarcane in the province.

Lacson said that the indemnity claims can help the farmers protect their crops in case of calamities and infestations.

Only a few of the farmer-beneficiaries were present during the turnover of checks at the Provincial Capitol here, as the province observed the physical distancing amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

But, Lacson assured them that all the farmer-beneficiaries from different cities and municipalities will be provided with their share.

NFUCIP aims to address the gaps in the agriculture sector and climate change that have been adversely affecting the crop production and threatening the province’s food security.

Based on the record of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture, a total of P52,679 Negrense farmers with a total of 60,818.5 hectares were enrolled in the program, as of May 2020.