Lamut, Ifugao – 1,007 rice farmers received financial assistance last July 5 amounting to Php5.03million under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) Program FY2022.

The program is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Development Bank of the Philippines in partnership with USSC and the local government unit of the province and municipality.

Adminsitrative Officer Condrado T. Buccat, representative of Mayor Victomar Bunnol, echoed that the farmers are expected to use appropriately the received cash and also help the department.

Charlemagne Monayao, Agriculture Provincial Coordinator, emphasized that the importance of RSBSA registration to all farmers, crop and livestock in order to easily receive assistance from the department and attached agencies.

In the activity, it was elaborated that the assistance is from the excess tariff from Rice Tariffication Law. The financial assistance is given to rice farmers tilling two hectares and below with level of prioritization.

While the cash assistance for remaining targeted farmers will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Part of the activity, some farmers were also interviewed for their Rice Crop Manager (RCM) recommendation generation for the current wet cropping season.//
(DA-Car Rice, FB)