The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office-8 opens a new window of opportunity for rice farmers in Eastern Visayas through the implementation of the LGU Corporate Rice Farming Program.
This was learned during the Roadshow cum Information Caravan about the said program on November 3, 2016, this city.
No less than Directors Leo P. Cañeda, Bernadette F. San Juan, Lealyn A. Ramos and Asterio P. Saliot of the DA Field Operations Service, who are considered as pillars of agricultural development visited the region to share the good news the Corporate Rice Farming brings.
The program will be a tripartite partnership between the LGU, Farmers Association and DA RFO 8 which aims to ensure the supply of rice in the community.
In his presentation, Dir. Cañeda laid out the objectives of the program highlighting its contribution to the implementation of the Rice Support component for the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the DSWD.
Consequently, this will help farmers generate more income and achieve food security in the region. “The program generally aims to collectively address the twin concerns of improving the welfare of farmers while ensuring food security,” Dir. Cañeda averred.
Dir. San Juan, then enjoined the participation of the invited farmers’ associations and LGUs in the crafting of the guidelines for the program. The guidelines encompasses the components and framework, eligibility and requirements of the Farm Service Provider and role of each stakeholder.
Meanwhile, Dir. Saliot urged the support of all stakeholders in forging a stronger partnership for the implementation of the program. “I encourage you to grab this opportunity to have a guaranteed income for next year,” he stated.
Key partners from lending and insurance corporations also graced the activity to share their respective programs to the invited participants.
Mr. Rudyard Roxas of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, Manager Eulalio G. Lagapa, Jr. of Landbank-Leyte Lending Center and Mr. Nilo Pesquera and Ms Regine Delmo of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation-8 presented salient information about their lending and insurance programs that could be availed by the farmers. (RUBY Q. CALESTERIO, Information Officer II, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)