December 10, 2022

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – More than 8,000 rice farmers in the province received free rice seeds and fertilizers under the Rice Resiliency Program 2 of the Department of Agriculture.
Jose Casibang of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist said beneficiaries are farmers tilling three hectares and below who are registered in the Registry System for Basic Sector on Agriculture.
Farmers planting certified seeds received two bags urea per hectare while those planting hybrid seeds received three bags urea per hectare.
The DA also adopted the e-voucher system for farmers in Tabuk City who planted later due to adjustment in irrigation system schedule.
Under this, farmers who earlier received free rice seeds are given e-coupons for fertilizer claim from DA-accredited dealers here.
 The e-coupon was resorted since distribution of rice seeds and urea used to be done at the same time, Casibang said.
DA has allotted P26 million for fertilizer assistance for Tabuk.
DA is providing the fertilizer aid from the Bayanihan Act 2 as government’s intervention to farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The seeds assistance is from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. – Larry Lopez

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