In an effort to help the farmers reduce their farming expenses, the Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority (DA-NFA) is now buying and handling the distribution of certified “palay” seeds to farmers in Caraga region.
According to NFA Caraga Regional Director Gil Pepito B. Paqueo, under this scheme, a farmer will only pay P600 for a 40-kilo bag of rice seeds worth P1,200 while the government subsidizing P600.
Interested farmers from other parts of the region wanting to avail of the assistance must go to their respective municipal agriculturists (MAs) and agricultural technologists.
Director Pacqueo said that under the Rapid Seed Supply Financing Project (RaSSFiP), the NFA will buy the certified seeds from seed growers and producers accredited by the DA.
The NFA will implement the certified paddy seed acquisition and distribution program through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the NFA and the DA and agreed upon by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Under the agreement, the DA will provide the NFA with the corresponding budget for seed procurement along with the list of certified and registered seed producers accredited by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) as well as the master list of farmer-beneficiaries of the program. The DA will set the buying price for the certified seeds.