Cagayan de Oro – Executive heads of agriculture offices and representatives of farmers’ associations and cooperatives attended the orientation for the Corporate Rice Farming Program held on November 17, 2016.Together with Dir.Lealyn A. Ramos and Dir. Benadette San Juan from Department of Agriculture – Central Office, the discussion centered on the framework and implementing guidelines of the program.
The Corporate Rice Farming Program aims to address the lack of accessibility and availability of rice especially to the marginalized sectors of the society without, of course, sacrificing the welfare of the rice farmers.
Under this program, the farmers’ associations along with their respective LGUs shall enter a Memorandum of Agreement with Institutional Buyers (IB) such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the supply of rice for their 4Ps beneficiaries.
Interested farmers’ associations and cooperatives may avail this program however, it should be ensured that the groups havea strong credit line of good standing with lending institutions where loan guarantees shall be made for rice production. Also, they should be willing to enter into agreement on the implementation of the program for a minimum of 6 years.
On the part of DA, the agency shall provide farm mechanization support and technical assistance needed in rice production, harvesting, processing and marketing.
By providing a new market for the farmers, the program will be able to encourage them to venture into rice production that will, as well, hit the goal for a rice self-sufficient Philippines.
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