ROXAS City, Capiz – Regional Executive Director Remelyn R. Recoter of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Western Visayas reiterated the agency’s support to all small and marginal farmers and fisherfolk of the Province of Capiz.
“We will provide the necessary interventions for you with the support of the provincial government,” Recoter told 2,500 farmers present during the 12th Provincial Farmers and Fisherfolk Day Celebration in Roxas City, April 11.
Emphasizing that support to easy access financing is one of the DA’s priorities, Recoter led the turnover of P5 million loan fund to Lonoy Agrarian Reform Cooperative (ARC) of Ivisan and Sapi-an towns.
Lonoy ARC is the first coop tapped as a lending conduit by the DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) for the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) program. Two other cooperatives—the Maayon Development Cooperative and Agraca ARC—inked deal with ACPC for their approved fund allocation of P10 million and P3 million, respectively.
The DA executive also mentioned that Capiz farmers will get a fair share of the 45 units of farm machinery set to be turned over on April 23 in Iloilo City.
“Sec. Piñol will lead the distribution of rice combine harvester, hand tractor, transplanter and granulator to qualified farmers’ associations,” Recoter added.
She also urged the farmers to sell their palay produce to the National Food Authority (NFA) for buffer stocking. Farmers can avail up to P20.70 buying price per kilo plus incentives when they sell their palay to NFA.
“Rest assured that we will support our farmers amid the rice liberalization,” said Recoter who went on sharing that the P10 billion Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund to be generated from tariff system annually will go back to the farmers.
Under the newly signed law, P10 billion of the fund will be allocated for the mechanization program, P3 billion for seeds and seed development, P1 billion for financing through the Land Bank of the Philippines, and P1 billion for rice farmers’ capability training.
Capiz Governor Antonio del Rosario also signified the provincial government’s initiatives to safeguard the farmers and fisherfolk amid the different crisis confronting the sector.
“Ginakamaayo sang Probinsya sang Capiz ang tabang nga pwede mahatag sa mga mangunguma kag mangingisda sa bulig sang Department of Agriculture (sic),” del Rosario said.
Recoter and Philippine Crop Insurance Corp Regional Manager Eva Laud also distributed P7,266,360 worth of indemnity claims to 1,085 farmers and fishermen of Capiz.
To highlight the food producers’ ingenuity, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist also organized the Farmers’ Grand Market, komposo and ‘pinaka’ contests during the recent farmers’ day celebration dubbed as Patubas 2019. (Text by S. M. H. Toreno and photos by J. M. G. Improgo/DA-RAFIS 6)