By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – About 1,124 rice farmers in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region received the cash assistance under the Department of Agriculture’s – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (DA-RFFA) program.
According to Emmylou T. Presilda, regional spokesperson of DA 13, each farmer received ₱5,000 financial support for their farm inputs, food, and other necessities.
The program is intended for rice farmers who are tilling 0.5 hectares to two hectares of land and registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).
In the municipality of Trento, Agusan del Sur province, 281 rice farmers have received the cash aid.
In Agusan del Norte, the municipality of Kitcharao has 343 beneficiaries and 500 qualified farmers for RTR’s second batch of recipients.
The direct cash transfer is intended to help farmers affected by the implementation of the rice tarrification law.
Joseph M. Libres, 47, rice farmer from Purok 5, Barangay Humilog, RTR town, Agusan del Norte province, said he will use the money to buy food for his family, and fertilizers for his one-hectare rice area.
“The cash assistance is a big help for my family and for my continuous production of local rice,” Libres said.
The release of the cash support is being done in close coordination with the local government units.
In Caraga region, a total of 2,529 rice farmers have been served by the cash aid totaling ₱12.6 million. The distribution of the cash aid will continue until the 35,471 target eligible rice farmers in the region have received the financial assistance, Presilda said.