Farmers encouraged to avail of livestock insurance

DSC_6051More Cebu farmers are encouraged to take advantage of the Capitol’s livestock insurance program in coordination with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rose Vincoy issued the statement after the northeast moonson brought an unusually cold temperature linked to the death of several domestic animals in the province.

The provincial government has allotted P8 million in this year’s budget for the livestock and crop insurance. In 2013, the Capitol spent P1.8 million for the insurance premiums of 4,796 cattle and carabaos throughout the province. The indemnity for each animal is 10 thousand pesos.

Unfortunately, the livestock in some local government units affected by the cold spell and typhoon Yolanda were not insured.

Vincoy said livestock owners should prepare for extreme changes in temperature as well as natural disasters. However, the Capitol’s insurance program needs the cooperation of the LGUs. The municipal agriculturists are entrusted to facilitate the papers that should be filled out by the livestock owners.

According to the latest report of PVO, the recent cold spell in Balamban town last month claimed a total of 81 cattles, goats and other domestic animals in 14 barangays. But none of these were insured under the PCIC.

PCIC also noted zero claims for livestock indemnity in Bantayan Island after Typhoon Yolanda.

To prevent possible casualties, Vincoy said the owners should immediately report to their respective city veterinarian or municipal agriculturist if their livestock are infected with disease.

The common illness during summer is heat stroke and skin infections. Animals are also prone to respiratory problems during summer. Xerxes Alkuino