The agri department in NorMin grants P5,000 each rice farmer in Bukidnon as cash aid thru its RFFA program.
Kibawe, Bukidnon – A total of 3,472 rice farmers in the towns of Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kadingilan, Don Carlos and Pangantucan in Bukidnon received P5,000 in cash aid on January 11-13, as the Department of Agriculture – Region 10 (DA-10) continue rolling out the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) in said localities, for the 2022-2023 dry cropping season.
The RFFA is given to smallholder rice farmers tilling rice areas not exceeding two hectares and registered to the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA), the DA’s official registry of farmers, fisherfolk and farm laborers.
According to DA-10 OIC- Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado, the agency is fast-tracking the RFFA distribution to the rice farmers in Northern Mindanao in the aftermath of shear line to agricultural areas in the region late last year, and the continuing weather disturbance early in 2023.
“We intend to roll out the RFFA in the fastest way we can. We assure our RFFA beneficiaries they will receive their aid as soon as we have ironed out our coordination with the LGUs” Collado said.
For the 2022-2023 Dry Cropping Season the DA-10 has allocated Php237-M funds for the RFFA, to benefit 46,161 eligible rice farmers across the region.
The RFFA is funded under the Rice Competitiveness Enhance Fund (RCEF) by virtue of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) and is intended to compensate for the increasing farm inputs prices and fluctuating palay buying price.
With the RFFA, it is hoped that the rice farmers will be able to sustain their farm production and augment their earnings.#