LGUs can coordinate with national agencies to provide support to farmers and other affected sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 8,000 rice farmers in the province get free rice seeds and fertilizer under the Rice Resiliency Program 2 of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Beneficiaries are farmers tilling three hectares and below who are registered in the Registry System for Basic Sector on Agriculture (RSBSA).
For farmers planting certified seeds, they get two bags urea per hectare while those planting hybrid seeds get three bags urea per hectare.
Meanwhile, DA had adopted the E-voucher system for farmers in Tabuk City who planted later due to adjustment in irrigation system schedule. Under this, farmers who earlier received free rice seeds are given e-coupons for fertilizer claim DA accredited dealers here.
The e-coupon was resorted since distribution of rice seeds and urea used to be at the same time.
DA is providing the fertilizer aid from the Bayanihan Act 2 as government’s intervention to farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The seeds assistance is from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).