PhilRice calls on LGU to support rice farmers 

May 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

The Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PhilRice) appeals for support from the local government units on ensuring rice supply in the country amid Covid-19 pandemic.
“We appeal for local chief executives and their lead agriculturists to allow and facilitate the delivery and distribution of seed provisions from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Seed Program,” Flordeliza H. Bordey, PhilRice deputy executive director, said.
Adhering to the measures prescribed by Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Bordey said RCEF-Seed Program had endorsed a protocol earlier this month.
Although mass gatherings during seed distribution are highly discouraged, the adhoc protocol still allows timely distribution to early planters.
Under the protocol, RCEF beneficiaries will claim high-quality inbred seeds in their convenient time at the LGU agriculture offices or designated drop-off points.
Authorized representatives may also claim the seeds for their farmers’ group provided they have the filled-out proof of receipt forms, Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) stubs, valid IDs, and signed authorization letter.
Implementers and farmer-recipients are also encouraged to use face masks and sanitizers and monitor their body temperature.
In Isulan, Sultan Kuldarat, Ommal H. Abdulkadil, PhilRice Midsayap RCEF Focal Person commended the local government unit in implementing door-to-door seed delivery.
“LGU Isulan acknowledges the urgency of this government service. Despite the province’s enhanced community quarantine status, implementers mobilize their partners and maximize resources to provide farmers with easy access on certified seeds,” Abdulkadil shared.
Under RCEF-Seed Program, distribution started first week of April for early planters in Region 3, 5, 6, 9, and 12. For wet season this year, over 1.2 million farmers will benefit from the 2.5 million bags of certified inbred seeds at 20kg/bag.

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