THE Provincial Authorities of Negros Occidental has expressed optimism that 2021 could be yr for the native agriculture trade particularly for its farmers and livestock raisers.
Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino informed SunStar Bacolod that the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program of the Division of Agriculture is in its third yr.
There will likely be extra interventions from the nationwide authorities like high quality seeds, farm equipment, crop insurance coverage and coaching for the farmers, amongst others, Masculino mentioned.
“It’s our hope that with these interventions, our farmers would turn into extra aggressive when it comes to manufacturing and market,” he added.
The RCEF, or Rice Fund, is created underneath the Republic Act 11203, or the Commerce Liberalization Regulation. It’s taken from the tariff revenues of the rice being imported by the nation.
This system primarily goals to assist enhance the competitiveness of Filipino rice farmers and increase their revenue whereas sustaining resilience and responsiveness.
The RCEF has an annual appropriation of P10 billion for six years.
Of the determine, 50 % is allotted for rice farm equipment and gear; 30 % for rice seed growth, propagation and promotion; 10 % for expanded rice credit score help; and 10 % for rice extension providers.
For the rice sector alone, Masculino mentioned the province’s final aim is to achieve sufficiency.
Masculino mentioned Negros Occidental’s rice sufficiency degree presently hovers from 85 to 92 %.
The Workplace of the Provincial Agriculturist expects a better degree given a better common manufacturing per hectare final yr.
“Our prayer is for a kinder 2021 the place there are much less pure calamities, and fewer infestation of pests and ailments,” he added.
For livestock, which Negros Occidental is presently sturdy at, the provincial authorities is pushing for a sustainable yard raising-based trade this yr.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena mentioned native farmer-raisers have already adopted the manufacturing methodology in addition to animal well being methods and began advertising their merchandise by way of sturdy associations.
“The province shall stay as catalyst for the financial growth of the native livestock and poultry raisers,” Decena informed SunStar Bacolod.
Among the many main trade positive aspects of the province final yr included securing the P6-billion swine trade.
Negros Occidental has maintained its African Swine Fever-free standing primarily by way of strict inspection and monitoring measures in ports and borders.
“We’ll proceed the sturdy partnership with trade stakeholders particularly our animal raisers,” he added.