THE Cebu City Agriculture Department (CAD) has enrolled more than 1,000 farmers in different insurance programs of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to help them during calamities or plagues.
As of Monday, Oct. 12, 1,475 farmers were registered for livestock insurance; 686 for crop insurance; and 65 for life insurance.
They will be protected from financial loss in case their crops fail or their livestock die, said CAD head Joelito Baclayon.
However, he said there have been no reports of rain damage despite the heavy downpour the city has experienced recently.
For farmers who want to register with the PCIC, they need to secure acknowledgment from the CAD office that they are farmers and a certification from the barangay where they plant their crops.
Baclayon said they’ve activated the preparedness protocol, which allows farmer associations and barangays to contact the CAD office in case of problems.
He said they’ve asked farmers to register in the CAD’s system so they and their crops or livestock can be monitored.
Cebu City has 16,000 hectares designated as agricultural area, but only 8,913 hectares are under cultivation.
“Right now (it’s been) planted with different high-value crops, mango, rice, flowers and sweetcorn,” said Baclayon. (JJL)