THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) have released P211.3 million under the agrarian reform beneficiaries-agricultural insurance program to compensate 19,177 farmer-beneficiaries whose crops were damaged by a series of typhoons and other weather disturbances this year.
DAR Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan said that P196.1 million were paid to 18,351 affected rice farmers, P13.6 million to corn farmers, and P1.64 million to high-value commercial crops growers.
“The amount given to the farmer-beneficiaries pales in comparison to the actual damage each of them incurred, but this will help them start all over again,” he said.
Pacturan also said the farms of the affected farmer-beneficiaries covered an aggregate area of 26,445 hectares. He added that 25,263 hectares of the affected area were planted to rice, 1,073 hectares to corn, and 108 hectares to high-value commercial crops.
Records show that 201,232 farmer-beneficiaries have availed themselves of the program that is being implemented jointly by the DAR and the PCIC, which entitled them to a total of P9.54 billion in insurance coverage.
Of the 201,232 farmer-beneficiaries, 91,299 of them had their crops and livestock covered, while 109,933 availed themselves of the Accident and Dismember Security Scheme.
Pacturan said the DAR has paid P523 million in insurance premium subsidy for farm investments of farmer-beneficiaries since its inception in January this year.
He said that DAR is targeting to cover under the program some 218,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries this year to protect them from losses resulting from damage to crops due to pest and disease infestations, natural calamities and extreme weather events brought about by climate change.
Also covered under the program, he said, are the farmer-beneficiaries themselves and immediate members of their respective families.
Besides rice, corn and high-value commercial crops, Pacturan said the program also covers livestock production.