Davao Region to get Php 103.8-million for Rice Resiliency Project
DAVAO CITY, June 18 (PIA)- The Department of Agriculture is allocating P103.8 million to Davao Region for the Rice Resiliency Project.
Around 100.9- million pesos will be for fertilizers and 2.8 million pesos will be for rice seeds under the project. The RRP is one of the projects under the DA’s Plant, Plant, Plant Program which is being allocated with a P34-billion supplemental budget.
Davao Region’s P103.8 million is part of the P8.5 billion earmarked for the RRP, whose aim is to increase the country’s rice self-sufficiency from the current 87% to 93%.
According to Agriculture Sec. William Dar, the RRP will encourage farmers to plant more rice right after the current dry season. The DA will provide quality seeds, fertilizers and appropriate technical assistance.
Noel Provido, information officer of DA-XI said the RRP in the Davao region will cover around 42,100 rice farmers. Of this number of rice farmers, around 25, 263 are Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund beneficiaries while 16, 837 are not included in the RCEF but are beneficiaries of hybrid and inbred seeds under the High Yielding Technology Adoption (HYTA), model farms, and seed reserve projects.
For RCEF beneficiaries, farmers will buy two bags of fertilizers and will get two bags of urea fertilizers for free. For HYTA beneficiaries, the farmers will buy two bags of fertilizers, they will get three bags of urea fertilizers for free.
“Farmers will just present the receipts of the fertilizers they bought to claim their free fertilizers,” Provido said.
Farmers who are not covered by RCEF can avail up to two bags of inbred rice seeds. While farmers who chose hybrid seeds can avail up to two bags of hybrid rice seeds.
Provido reminded that the farmers must first register under the RSBSA (Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture) to avail of these services. They can visit the Municipal Agriculture Office for registration.
Provido said the goal of the RRP and the whole DA Plant, Plant Plant Program is for food to be accessible, available and affordable to the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (PIA/RG Alama)