The Department of Agriculture (DA) has received firm commitment from World Bank (WB) to finance four proposed projects aimed at enhancing agri-fishery extension systems, providing livelihood assistance to fisherfolk and indigenous peoples (IPs), and updating the national farmers' registry system.
"Within our first 100 days in office, we received the World Bank's nod to bankroll several projects that highlight our 'new thinking' for agriculture," said agriculture secretary William Dollente Dar.
Cash-strapped palay farmers can now breathe a huge sigh of relief after the Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC), released an initial P180 million from the P1-billion credit component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) assistant vice president Edgardo Luzano said the P179.69 million loanable funds can now be accessed by eligible farmers from 59 provinces nationwide.
"This is a much better performance. We will continue to enhance the proper and sustained implementation of programs and projects of the Department of Agriculture to further elevate the growth of the agriculture sector.
"We were expecting between 2.0 % and 2.5%. This shows that the farmers and the fishers are showing a resilient performance with the programs and projects of the DA.”
"It is the resilient performance of farmers, fishers and everyone plus the hope and inspiration from PRRD giving focus and attention to the agriculture sector.”
DA-CMTF on African Swine Fever Bulletin No. 13: Pork products found ASF positive; Hog raisers, traders urged not to sell, trade sick pigs
Continued efforts to manage, control and contain the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) disease have led to elevated measures, including heightened quarantine procedures, from the national and local levels.
A case in point was the recent apprehension of a traveler from Batangas who brought a package of branded and unbranded processed pork products, which were confiscated by a composite veterinary and quarantine team at Calapan Port, on October 6, 2019.
Agriculture secretary William Dollente Dar deeply condoles with 19 farmers who perished in an unfortunate vehicular accident, 7 pm, on October 31, 2019.
The farmers were on their way home to Lattut, Cagayan, when the Elf truck they were riding fell off into a ravine in Sitio Gassud, Barangay Karikitan, town of Conner, in Apayao province.
"My family and I, and the entire Department of Agriculture, extend our sincerest condolence to the families of Lallut farmers, who came from an inbred rice seeds distribution ceremony, in Rizal, Cagayan, held earlier in the day," said Secretary Dar.