Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) provided cash and food subsidy to 44 marginal farmers in Apayao under DA’s Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) program.
A total of 34 farmer-beneficiaries from Pudtol and 10 farmers in Santa Marcela received Php 3,000 cash and 25 kgs of rice, two trays of egg, and three kgs of chicken as food assistance for each beneficiary.
The CFSMFF program provides Php 5,000 to qualified farmers and fishers composed of Php 3,000 in cash and Php 2,000 worth of e-voucher to purchase food subsidy in the form of rice, chicken, and eggs. The e-voucher is claimed from DA accredited local suppliers.
Under the Bayanihan to recover as one act, the CFSMFF is a stimulus package for the agriculture sector promoting social protection and social amelioration projects. This is to revitalize the country’s economy amidst the onslaught of COVID-19.
Pudtol Municipal Mayor Hector Reuel Pascua expressed his gratitude for the outpour of support from the government despite mobility restrictions posed by COVID-19. He emphasized that through the interventions such as the CFSMFF, farmers, fishers, and indigent families in his locality can be assured that government support can reach far-flung areas.
“This is a huge help for us especially to those who have been having difficulties earning a living during the pandemic. We thank DA for the continuous support given to marginal communities especially the farmers here in our locality,” expressed Julie Basilio, a corn farmer from Matagisi, Pudtol.
Meanwhile, Oliver Duque, head of the Malayugan Rice Granary Farmers Association underscored the mutually beneficial strategy of the program with farmers and fishers’ on social protection and amelioration, at the same time providing market support to local producers of rice, chicken, and eggs as distribution partners in the program.
Beneficiaries include farmers with 1 hectare and below landholding; registered under the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA); farmers in municipalities under 4th to 6th income classification; and individuals who were not given assistance by other government programs.
Other DA partner agencies implementing CFSMFF include the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP). //MJDacillo//.