Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar is set to launch the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolks (CFSMFF) Program in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on December 23, 2020 in Baguio City.
The CFSMFF Program is a stimulus package for agriculture under the Bayanihan Act specifically for social protection and social amelioration projects. It aims to provide a secure and direct cash and food assistance to eligible smallholder farmers and fisherfolks affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; to provide market support to local producers of rice, chickens, and eggs; and to give source of livelihood to farmers, farmer cooperatives, and associations, as well as the micro to medium enterprises who will serve as the distribution partners under the Program.
Earlier this year, a stimulus package was also given to the rice farmers. For the Bayanihan Act II, the cash and food assistance will be distributed to corn, sugarcane, and coconut farmers including fisherfolks and indigenous peoples in the country. The indigenous peoples will be determined and validated by the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) before endorsing to the DA.
For CAR, P137,395,000.00 is allotted for the 27, 479 targeted farmers and fishers as beneficiaries. To qualify, they must be registered under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA); have not received other special amelioration program or SAP from other agencies like DSWD, DOLE, and DAR based from the government’s data base system; and they must be a resident of 4th to 6th class municipalities. A final validation will be conducted prior to the final submission of data base of list of beneficiaries to the DA-Central Office. They will in turn endorse the list of beneficiaries to the bank for release of amount.
Each eligible farmer-beneficiary will be receiving Php5,000.00 total worth of assistance. Php3,000 will be given as cash via the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)-Accredited Payout Outlets like MLhuiller.
Meanwhile, the remaining Php2,000.00 will be given in the form of e-voucher that can be used for the purchase of rice, chicken, and eggs at any KADIWA suppliers recognized by the agency’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services/Division (AMAS/AMAD).
The assistance is strategized with e-vouchers to further support the rice farmers and poultry raisers in the country. The DBP shall serve as the settlement bank for the payments of the claimed transactions to the recognized KADIWA suppliers via credit to their DBP Account.//JBAgrifino
Accompanying photos are file photos taken during the Corn Derby Activity in Ifugao.