The Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) concluded its cash assistance to rice farmers in the province of Bukidnon who were adversely affected by the low buying price of palay due to the Rice Tariffication Law.
DA-10 executive Carlene C. Collado explained that the P5, 000 cash assistance was given to qualified rice farmers, tilling an area ranging from half to two hectares and duly registered under the updated Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
The financial aid was extended through the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) sourced from tariff collections of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
Collado expressed his gratitude to the provincial government under Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. and municipal mayors for the support they extended to the agriculture sector.
A total of 6,594 rice farmer-recipients received the P5, 000 financial aid through Bukidnon’s 19 municipalities and cities from April 20-24.
The towns and cities include Baungon, Talakag, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Impasug-ong, Lantapan, Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Malaybalay City, Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Don Carlos, Kadingilan, Maramag, Quezon, Kalilangan, Pangantucan and Valencia City.
“Dako na kaayo ni nga tabang alang sa pagkaon sa akong pamilya, labi na niining panahon sa krisis. Ang pagtanom sa humay ug ang kita niini maoy gisaligan namo alang sa among pagkaon sa tibuok tuig,” said Nova H. Omonlay, a 62-year old rice farmer from barangay Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon, who has been cultivating her rice fields for over 20 years, [This is a big help to buy food for my family, especially in this time of crisis. Rice farming is also the source of our income and this is where we also get money for our food for the whole year.”
Aside from Bukidnon, simultaneous distribution of RFFA assistance was also conducted in the province of Lanao del Norte with 6,442 beneficiaries.# (DA RFO-X/MGBS)
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