CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sept. 18 -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar turned over a total of P480.24 million worth of agriculture support to farmers in Northern Mindanao.
Dar led the distribution of farm machinery and equipment to the different farmers' associations in Northern Mindanao on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City.
The amount comprised farm machinery and equipment which are provisions from the 2018 unprogrammed funds and the 2019 regular programs under the banner programs: rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock and organic agriculture of DA-regional field office 10.
The assistance is part of the government's efforts in increasing productivity and income of farmers to make them more competitive.
Dar also recognized the partnership of the different stakeholders in hurdling the challenges besetting the agriculture sector which include the African Swine Fever (ASF), fall army worm, copra and palay prices.
Further, he emphasized that DA has been accelerating the implementation of interventions funded by the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Funds (RCEF) to assist the farmers affected by the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law.
The RCEF has four components: mechanization, provision of high-yielding rice seeds, credit support and extension support and education of rice farmers.
He also stressed a much broader perspective for agriculture as an industry, from production to high value-adding to processing and marketing, both local and global, in which the value chain approach will help farmers earn more. (DA RFO10)