Rice farmers told: Register with RSBSA
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, May 3 (PIA6) — Rice farmers in the province are encouraged to register with the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA), through their respective city or municipal agriculture offices to avail of the Department of Agriculture (DA) projects and amelioration program grants.
Provincial Agriculturist lawyer Japhet Masculino, during an Inter-Agency Task Force briefing, told rice farmers the need to register with RSBSA to avail of the different programs or projects of the DA particularly of the social amelioration of P5,000 for rice farmers in the province as government’s aid to farmers amid the COVID-19 crisis.
There are about 20,488 target rice farmers in Negros Occidental who qualified for the subsidy with one hectare or less of rice farm through the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF).
“Go to your city or municipal agriculturist and register because without this you cannot avail of the subsidy as well as other programs for agriculture from the government,” Masculino told farmers.
According to him, DA expanded its Rice Resiliency Project in this time of COVID-19 where farmers aside from availing one sack of certified seeds, they will also get two sacks of fertilizers for every two bags purchased.
“Our farmers just need to show their receipt of the two bags of fertilizers purchased to their city or municipal agriculture office to get their two bags free,” Masculino said, adding that farmers with three hectares rice farms or less can avail of this.
Meanwhile, DA Western Visayas regional director Emelyn Recoter disclosed that Western Visayas is getting a bigger share of the department’s rice resiliency program under the Bayanihan Act to increase the rice sufficiency of the region targeted to more than 125 percent. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)