Department of Agriculture intensified its cash and food subsidy distribution in the Cordillera with 27,479 farmers, fisherfolk, and Indigenous People (IP) beneficiaries.
As of February 22, the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) national dashboard shows 12,885 beneficiaries from the Cordillera claimed cash of P3,000 and P2,000 worth of food subsidy in the form of rice, chicken, and eggs withdrawn from the local accredited cooperatives.
The CFSMFF program is under the Bayanihan 2 or Recover as One Act to help eligible smallholder farmers, fisherfolk, and IPs affected by COVID-19 pandemic cope up. It provides market support to farmers, cooperatives and associations, and micro enterprises producing rice, chicken, and eggs to serve as food subsidy distribution partners.
In the aim to digitize agriculture and to monitor in real time the subsidies provided, electronic vouchers were distributed to 9,839 corn farmers, 380 sugarcane growers, 14,997 fishers, and 2,263 IPs.
The DA Cordillera allotted of P137,395,000 were distributed to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), and Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) as partners in the program.
On the other hand, Imelda Nanglihan, Apayao corn farmer beneficiary expressed her gratitude to DA for ensuring marginal farmers are prioritized during the Pandemic. She stressed that “in her 34 years of farming, DA has played key roles in making sure that we are being responded to whenever we have problems with pests, natural calamities, and market outlets.”
Currently, CFSMFF implementing agencies are distributing simultaneously the cash and food subsidy in every CAR province whilst maintaining COVID-19 precautionary measures on mobility and social gatherings. This week CFSMFF distribution is done simultaneously across the six provinces.//MJDacillo