SOME 300 farmer-beneficiaries consisted of cooperative officers, admin staff and members of nine (9) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) in the province of Agusan del Norte actively participated the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) orientation and training on the Risk Mitigation and Management for Agricultural Investment and Crop Insurance Education.
Through a partnership with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) the farmer-beneficiaries were informed on the low-cost crop-insurance packages with an array of benefits.
DAR-PCIC Point Person Luningning Buque-Ycoy said the activity aims to make farmer-groups understand the crop insurance program of the government and encourage them to insure their crops to avoid losses brought by natural calamities, pest and diseases, and climate change.
“The agricultural insurance is anchored on the DAR’s Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) and this program empowers eligible ARBs to avail the package of credit assistance coupled with agricultural insurance,” Ycoy added.
PCIC Resource Person Ernesto Chaves said providing agricultural insurance to the farmers will mitigate the possibility of farm-losses associated with extreme weather events such as drought or typhoons and other calamities.
Lucita C. Onde of Duque ARB Cooperative (DAREBCO) said, “Ang crop insurance usa ka oportunidad kanamo mga mag-uuma aron ma-secure ang among tanum batok sa katalagman ug kampante na ang among huna-huna.” (“The crop insurance is a great opportunity for many farmers to secure our crops and give us peace of mind.”)
The crop protection is one of the DAR’s mandate in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to mitigate the risk involved in agricultural production. (By Gil Miranda)