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NegOr rice farmers to get cash aid

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The Department of Agriculture is set to distribute some P161 million in cash assistance to over 32,000 farmers in Negros Oriental starting in February, an official said on Wednesday.

Alejandro Rafal of the Provincial Agriculture Technology Coordinating Office, said in an interview that the money has been downloaded to the province and is ready for distribution to the farmers through the different local government units.

“The amount is from the 2023 allocation which arrived only in the last week of December 2023,” Rafal said.

He said they are awaiting the final validation lists of the farmer-beneficiaries from the LGUs as some of them may have been delisted, or have relocated, or are no longer in the rice-growing sector.

So far, almost 20,000 rice farmers have been identified and verified by the LGUs.

Based on the previous year’s list, around 32,200 rice farmers had also received a similar cash assistance of P5,000 each from the agency, he added.

Meanwhile, Rafal said they are now in the process of procuring rice seeds amounting to about PHP40 million for distribution to farmers this year.

Fertilizers and machinery have been also programmed for distribution beginning March this year or before the planting season. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

 

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