Cordillera rice farmers received seeds and fertilizers worth P130 million from the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Rice Program Coordinating Unit under the Rice Resiliency Project II to boost domestic rice production.
The project benefitted more than 27,000 rice farmers from the seed subsidy and more than 32,000 from the fertilizer subsidy for the dry cropping season of 2020-2021.
Farmers from the six provinces in the region received 6,443 bags (20kg/bag) inbred seeds and 22,127 bags (15kg/bag) hybrid seeds.
For the fertilizers, 72,886 bags at 50 kg/bag and more than 25 million worth of vouchers were distributed.
DA-Cordillera Agriculturist II Miriam Pastor said through the interventions, the agency expects to achieve at least five percent increase in the production growth from each province contributing to increased productivity and ensured food security of the region and the nation.
The farmer beneficiaries were mandated to register to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture to be eligible for interventions from the project.
The validated areas of the farmers were used as the basis for the interventions.
The first phase of the project was conducted during the last wet cropping season where 36,341 farmers benefitted from the seeds and fertilizers grant covering a land area of 35,486 hectares. – Press release