AGRICULTURE Secretary William Dar has urged backyard and commercial raisers to insure their hogs so that they can bounce back in case their farms are affected by African Swine Fever (ASF).
“Insurance offers stronger security in protecting one’s investments,” Secretary Dar said.
The DA’s Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) is offering free livestock insurance for the farmers so that they can protect and regain their livelihood.
According to the DA chief, as the government intensifies efforts to encourage hog raisers to get back to business and, ultimately, help pork production rebound, availing of an insurance coverage is a prudent safety net for existing raisers and for those in ASF-free areas who will venture into this business.
DA-PCIC which is the sole government agricultural insurance firm in the country has included ASF among the risks covered by its livestock insurance as early as 2019 when the dreaded disease broke out locally.
PCIC president Atty. Jovy Bernabe said that the company provides P10 ,000 insurance cover per head of swine on a premium payment of only 2.25% or P225.
However, small backyard hog raisers are given free insurance if they are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
Bernabe clarified that the insurance coverage is different from the ASF indemnification claims, where beneficiaries are eligible for a P5,000 assistance per pig culled.
He said that hog raisers can simply apply for insurance via online through the DA-PCIC website, or they can visit its 13 regional offices, 58 provincial extension offices, and 20 service desks.
The DA said that encouraging agricultural stakeholders to take advantage of the government’s free insurance coverage is part of its broader goal under the hog repopulation program, which has been allotted with an initial P400-million fund.
And to ease fears over the continued disruption of the ASF, the DA continues to steer government efforts in vigorously implementing the “Bantay ASF sa Barangay” or BABay program to effectively manage, prevent and control the dreaded viral disease.