Thursday, May 19, 2011

Farmers’ Welfare through Subsidy Program

THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT-Department of Agriculture of Cabugao initiated a meeting of the farmer leaders spearheaded by the officers of the Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council (MAFC)  last May 18, 2011 at the Municipal Conference Hall to formulate action plans for the utilization of the subsidy (hybrid seeds/fertilizers) extended by the Municipal Government headed by Mayor Ediboy Cobangbang, Jr. through RA 7171.

Mayor Ediboy and SB Member Benedict Savellano were present to assist the farmers in making appropriate plans on how they could utilize the allocated fund for the Wet Crop Season 2011 (June-November).

Mayor Ediboy proposed that registered farmers who bear a standard ID issued by the LGU-DA could avail on the distributed subsidy on hybrid seed (preferably Rizalina and Bigante) and follow the appropriate technology that warrants high yield. To date, there are 4,020 registered farmers as per record of the LGU-DA.

“If farmers could increase their harvests every cropping, they will also add their income. Their purchasing power will become strong so they could buy what they wish for their welfare,” the Mayor stressed to the farmers.

The Mayor also told farmers to maintain a steady fund for them to aid them every planting season of rice, tobacco, corn and watermelon. The Mayor stressed then for the continuous planting of tobacco so that the fund coming from RA 7171 will be sustained. This fund is intended for development funds for agriculture and infrastructure projects to all tobacco producing barangays in Cabugao. However, the adminstration will also seek funding for projects intended for the coastal barangays of the municipality focusing on fishermen.

On the other hand, SB Member Benedict M. Savellano, Committee Chairman on Agriculture, informed the farmers an assistance of 3 liters of fuel from the LGU to cushion the effect of increasing fuel price and he commits also to fishermen to look for other source of fund to help them. #

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