Nine hundred ninety two (992) farmers all over the province were gathered at the Peoples Stage on January 29, 2020, for the distribution of Php 5,000.00 cash assistance following the implementation of the rice tarrification law (TRL)
The Rice Farmers Financial Assistance Program (RFFAP) is a government cash dole-out project that forms part of its immediate intervention to help rice farmers during the transition phase in the implementation of TRL.
“Ito po ay tulong pinansyal na bigay ng ating gobyerno dahil sa biglaang pagbaba ng presyo ng palay, at hindi pautang, kaya wala pong dapat alalahanin ang ating mga magsasaka. ,” Ramon Sagadraca, Agriculturist II and Rice Program Focal Person explained, stressing that the cash transfer is available to farmers tilling 0.5 to 2 hectares of farmland.
Sagadraca also said that the P5,000.00 assistance can be used by the recipients to start a livelihood project of their choice. “Although , we are not requiring them for any project design for the livelihood opportunities they will have to establish, we at the agriculture sector is always ready to help them in the implementation of their business plans . ” he said.
Meanwhile, Sagadraca said that as of this date, farmer-beneficiaries from the eight (8) municipalities of the province were able to receive their cash assistance, and is still awaiting for the masterlist from the 7 other towns. # gloria