President Noy in Capiz today,
to distribute P171-M aggie aid
By: Alex A. Lumaque
ROXAS City – A total of P171.37 million for various food security and rice self sufficiency projects will be released by President Benigno S. Aquino III to Capiz and different local government units (LGUs) during his first presidential visit here July 12.
Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco Sr. will receive the Certificates of Award from the President.
In support to the Rice Self Sufficiency Program, DA will provide various varieties of registered and upland rice seeds to farmers identified by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) in coordination with municipal agriculturists.
Repair and rehabilitation of existing warehouses and storage facilities in seven sites to be managed by irrigators associations will also be provided with P1.34 million to increase its storage capacity to 3,750 bags. This assistance is in support to Community Seed Banking.
During the awarding rites, DA regional director Larry Nacionales will give a briefing on various agriculture projects up for the province.
The department will also provide three units of combine harvester and two units of transplanter for its farm mechanization priority program to increase productivity of rice farms. This is a 70-30 counterparting scheme in which the department shoulders 70% of the cost (P4.620M) of the farm equipment while the 30% is the counterpart of the provincial government.