20K NegOcc farmers to receive cash aid from DA

first_imgFarmers in Negros Occidental withfarming areas of one hectare and below are qualified to receive DA’s financialassistance. DA-6 will identify the recipients from the list of 55,635 rice farmers in thisprovince. According to Barrogo, DA secretaryWilliam Dar has scheduled the start of cash aid distribution in the last weekof April. According to DA-6 team leader for NegrosOccidental Engineer Jose Albert Barrogo on April 14, about P102 million hasbeen allocated for this province out of the total P3 billion budget of theagency for qualified farmers in the country. “This is a one-time subsidy toallay the possible adverse effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)crisis among the small rice farmers,” he said. He added the DA is discussing with theDepartment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on how to address concernslike the possible duplication of recipients. BACOLOD City – At least 20,488 smallrice farmers in this province are targeted recipients of Department ofAgriculture (DA) Region 6’s P5,000 cash assistance under the Financial Subsidyto Rice Farmers (FRSF) program. Barrogo said there is no instruction toexclude from DWSD’s list of potential beneficiaries the small rice farmers, whoare also beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.(With a report from PNA/PN) “We are now in the process offinalizing the list which will be submitted to the DA Central Office on April20,” Barrogo said. The DSWD has been tasked to implementthe Emergency Subsidy Program for low-income households who will receive P5,000to P8,000 cash aid in the months of April and May. “If ever there will be more thanthe target 20,488 recipients, we will submit a query to the Central Officeabout the farmers not covered by the fund,” Barrogo said. Farmers work on a rice field in this province. The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas is set to give a P5,000 cash aid to at least 20,488 small rice farmers in Negros Occidental under the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers Program. PNAlast_img