Before the typhoons hit us! Farmers beg PH gov’t to provide them crop insurance
While the Department of Agriculture (DA) claimed that it provides crop insurance to eligible farmers, a lot of them are now actually begging for the government to be provided with one to cover wet season crops.
This was according to the Rice Watch Action Network (R1), which is now demanding the government to cover wet season crops with crop insurance while farmers now face great health risks and lower income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
R1 said it received reports from Sorsogon and Leyte farmers lamenting the lack of insurance subsidy in these areas.
This, according to the group, was eventually validated by Nimfa Ferolino, Municipal Agriculturist in Irosin Sorsogon, who said “a lot of our small farmers are asking us if there is free insurance for this wet cropping season.”
Such reports of limited coverage must be clarified by the Department of Agriculture (DA), according to Hazel Tanchuling of R1.
Most of the country began its planting season amid the last DOST-PAGASA predicting possible 10 to 17 tropical cyclones entering the country from July to December 2020.
That is why R1 called on the DA to act on the side of caution against the risks faced by farmers, lest, such reports on limiting or suspending insurance coverage add to the difficulties of farmers nationwide.
R1 is a non-government organization (NGO) working with farmers across the country.