BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) - In order to reach the grassroots and inform the farmers on what awaits them with the implementation of Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tarrification Law, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, have shared the salient features of the said law thru the program dubbed "Caraga INFOcus: Agri Hour."
According to DA Caraga assistant regional director Nestor Burgos, the Rice Tariffication Law, which seeks to liberalize the importation of rice, is expected to lower retail prices of rice and improve the farmers' income and productivity.
The law covers four components, namely; Seed, Rice Mechanization, Extension and Loan components.
Marisa Garces, rice program focal person of DA-Caraga bared that under the said law, a P10-billion rice fund composed of duties collected from imported rice will be spent for programs that would directly result to increase in production, profitability, and competitiveness.
Dr. Genevive Nemeno, supervising science research specialist of PhilRice - Agusan also emphasized that the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program - seed component will help increase the adoption of certified inbred rice seeds and its corresponding intergrated crop management.
Nemeno added that in order for the farmers to avail of the rice fund, they must be a member of any farmer organization, as funds will be released thru accredited group or cooperative.
It can be recalled that the Rice Tarrification was put into law on February 14, 2019 and started its implementation on March 5, 2019. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)