Tarlac farmers and fisherfolks applies for RCEF eligibility
The municipal government of Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac and the Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council heeded the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) call as they helped farmers in their area complete the requirements in time for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fun RCEF-seed support to be given by October this year.
As the adverse effect of Rice Tarrification Law is felt by local farmers the DA called for the local farmers and fisherfolks to enlist in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) to receive the benefits and have access to RCEF related programs.
“We met with the farmer-leaders of the different organizations and cooperatives in Sta. Ignacia so we can identify strategies on obtaining the documents needed for the FO accreditation and thoroughly update the municipal’s RSBSA master list. We hope that every eligible farmer in our locality will receive support so we can simultaneously progress,” James Ocampo, Sta. Ignacia MAFC chairperson said.
Ocampo affirmed that these requirements are means to ensure that the right people will benefit from the program.
“Getting enlisted in the RSBSA and accredited by the DA would mean that the recipients of the program are legitimate farmers. We can avoid [political] entities from interfering in RCEF, and we can be sure that there is equal distribution of the resources,” he said.
He also added that the accreditation provides easy access for the farmers and their groups to become partners of the department in its agriculture-related initiatives. This, according to Ocampo, brings confidence to the farmers that they will not be left out.
Created through RA 11203, RCEF is a new government program, which aims to help farmers through the P10B-fund covering seed, machine, credit, and extension support to improve the competitiveness of the Filipino rice farmers.