The LGU-DA of Cabugao initiated a meeting of the farmer leaders spearheaded by the officers of the Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council (MAFC) of the municipality last May 18, 2011 at the Municipal Conference Hall to formulate an action plans for the utilization of the subsidy (hybrid seeds/fertilizers) extended by the Municipal Government headed by Mayor Ediboy Cobangbang, Jr. thru the auspices of the fund coming from RA 7171 this Wet Season Crop 2011 (June-November).
Mayor Ediboy and SB Member Benedict Savellano were present to assist the farmers in making an appropriate plan on how the latter utilizes a part of the allocated fund of 7.5 Million for the Wet Crop Season 2011 (June-November).
Mayor Ediboy wants that the registered farmers who bear a standard ID issued by the DA-LGU 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 number of registered farmers as per record of the DA-LGU.
“If the 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 audience-farmers.
The Mayor also told the farmers that he wants to maintain a steady fund for farmers so that there is something to aid them for 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, Chairman, Committee on Agriculture, Sangguniang Bayan informed that the farmers can avail 3 liters assistance 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. # (Joed Sajonia)